Charlie Christian: Solo Flight - The Seminal Electric Guitarist

Charlie Christian: Solo Flight - The Seminal Electric Guitarist

by Charlie Christian

Paperback(Second Edition)

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Overview

(Book). Charlie Christian is regarded by many jazz historians as one of the major voices who shaped modern jazz in the early 1940s. Although he made only a few records before his tragic death at age 25, his brilliant improvisations, phenomenal rhythmic drive, and blues-influenced guitar playing had already changed the course of jazz and the guitar's place in jazz for all time. The first major soloist on the electric guitar, Christian elevated the instrument from its meager role in the rhythm section to a spirited force to be reckoned with. Updated and expanded, Peter Broadbent's second edition of this book details the full importance of Christian's brief life, from the start of his fortuitous encounter with John Hammond, to his role in the Benny Goodman Big Band and Sextet. Illustrated throughout with great photos and important documents, the book also features a new authoritative discography. A must-read for anyone interested in the history of jazz and the jazz guitar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781872639567
Publisher: Mark, Ashley Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2003
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword9
Preface11
11916/1918--Early Days in Bonham13
21918/1932--School Days19
3Deep Deuce30
41932/1934--Apprenticeship41
5Working Musician44
61936/1938--Touring the Plains States53
7Spring/Summer 193966
8July/August 1939--John Hammond71
9The First Benny Goodman Sextet78
10Oklahoma City and Californian Interlude89
11July/September--Home to Oklahoma City97
12October 1940/April 1941--Goodman Septet104
13May 1941--Minton's Playhouse113
14May 1941/March 1942--Last Days118
Notes130
Appendix IThe Christian Family 1925-1941132
Appendix IITexas Historical Commission and Headstone136
Appendix IIIThe Guitars and Amplification of Charlie Christian138
Appendix IVCharlie Christian's ES 250 Gibson Guitar147
Appendix VThe Guitar Style of Charlie Christian150
Appendix VIThe Jerry Newman Acetate152
Appendix VIICharlie Christian/Benny Goodman Airchecks155
Appendix VIIIRelease dates for Columbia 78 rpm and Early Vinyl Recordings156
Appendix IXThe Charlie Christian Archive157
Bibliography159
Discography161

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