A Charlie Christian - Lionel Hampton composition
Charlie Christian plays the four-bar introduction with double-stop accents
(bending the lower note), then riffs on the theme chorus and plays riffs
behind the vibes solo chorus before going from these riffs into his solo.
Charles follows his solo with beautifully executed double-stop riffs
(dressed-up versions of the intro, again bending lower notes to make the
two-note chords scream with excitement) over the out-chorus theme.
Parenthetically: The intro, theme, plus a dozen
more measures of this version of Shivers was used on the soundtrack of the October 2001 movie “Focus”
starring Wm H Macy and Laura Dern. In a 1944 anti-Semitic Brooklyn
neighborhood, the milquetoast main character, Larry, is going out to water
his overbearing, widowed mother’s lawn as we hear a fade-in of Charlie Christian’s guitar
intro. About 22 minutes into the film, the segment leads to an intensely
poignant moment. Stunningly unexpected and refreshing in a rather somber
plot based on an excellent novel by Arthur Miller.