Explore the riffs, solos, and sounds of the original electric jazz guitar virtuoso with this in-depth analysis of 8 songs. Hugely influential on his contemporaries and later generations of musicians, Charlie Christian set the standard for jazz guitar with his unique swing style, riffs, and soloing ability. Through a detailed breakdown of several songs, experts explore the elements that contributed to Christian's inimitable sound. Songs include: "Solo Flight," "Gone with What Wind," "Till Tom Special," "Grand Slam," "Air Mail Special," "Seven Come Eleven," "Benny's Bugle," and "Shiver."
First, a few myths get cleared up by the very existence of this box, which goes far beyond the original Columbia compilations with the same name. For starters, Columbia goes a long way to setting the record straight that Charlie Christian was not the first electric guitarist or the first jazz guitarist or the first electric guitarist in jazz. For another, they concentrate on only one thing here: documenting Christian's seminal tenure with Benny Goodman's various bands from 1939-1941. While in essence, that's all there really is, various dodgy compilations have been made advertising Christian playing with Lester Young or Lionel Hampton.
12 of Christian's classic tunes including: Seven Come Eleven * Air Mail Special * Grand Slam * Solo Flight.
In 2011, bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Carla Bley led an iteration of the Liberation Music Orchestra in a live concert at the Jazz Middelheim Festival in Antwerp, Belgium. It was partially intended as a warm-up for a forthcoming Liberation Music Orchestra album, a process that had been in the works since 2007. Sadly, Haden died from post-polio syndrome in 2014 before any new LMO tracks could be recorded. Thankfully, Haden, along with his wife, Ruth Cameron Haden, and Bley had discussed his desires for how to finish the album prior to his passing. Furthermore, the 2011 performance, which included two new arrangements earmarked for the planned album, had been recorded for Belgian public radio. All this meant that an album was possible, and in 2015 Bley convened the LMO in a studio to record the new material. Per Haden's request, longtime friend and esteemed bassist Steve Swallow was brought in to play his parts.