Charles was well acquainted with this compositionhe wrote it and had been playing
it since his days with the Leslie Sheffield orchestra. It begins with a four-bar piano
intro, followed by the 32-bar theme (with a clarinet break) by the ensemble. CC then
comes in with his solo.
The vibes solo follows with Charles prominently heard with his
chord accents throughout the A-sections and with riffs
on the bridge. The out-chorus has CC riffs on the As
and comping on the bridge.
The theme and riffs on versions of Flying Home recorded after 1939 are
fairly similar, most noticeably they all lack Fletcher Henderson’s signature piano