The Genius of the Electric Guitar [Columbia]

The Genius of the Electric Guitar [Columbia]

by Charlie Christian



Charlie Christian, the father of modern jazz guitar, never made a recording under his own name during his short lifetime. Yet his towering presence on the Benny Goodman small group sides of 1939 practically make these historic sessions his own. Christian, still in his early 20s, found himself in fast company -- former Ellington trumpet star Cootie Williams and vibraphone innovator Lionel Hampton, not to mention peak era Goodman, are all blistering -- yet the melodic logic, joyous blues flavoring, and unrelenting swing of the guitarist's lines are nothing less than riveting. On classic riff-based tunes -- "Seven Come Eleven," "Airmail Special" -- as well as standard form songs like "I Found a New Baby," Christian just soars, playing buoyant, perfectly constructed solos whose concise length only adds to their pleasure. No jazz guitarist who followed in Christian's path has resisted the influence of these beautiful performances.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644084627
catalogNumber: 40846

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Christian   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar
Count Basie   Piano
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Jo Jones   Drums
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Gus Bivona   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Artie Bernstein   Bass,String Bass
Dudley Brooks   Piano
Cutty Cutshall   Trombone
Nick Fatool   Drums
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Irving Goodman   Trumpet
Skip Martin   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Pete Mondello   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Snyder   Baritone Saxophone
Dave Tough   Drums
Alec FILA   Trumpet
Harry Joeger   Drums
Pete Mandello   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Benny Goodman Sextet   Track Performer
Harry Jaeger   Drums

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Tim Geelan   Engineer
John Hammond   Producer

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