Early Jazz Guitar
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|The Genius Of The
Electric Guitar - Charlie Christian
album featured Charlie's greatest recordings These recordings have been listened to,
analysed and copied by almost every succeeding Jazz guitarist since. Wes Montgomery
learn't Charlie's Solos note for note and at his first gigs played them note for note.
|Born Bonham, Texas July 29, 1916|
|Grew Up in Oklahaoma City|
|Following audition on August 16, 1939, joined Benny Goodman's band|
|Charlie Christian raised the electric guitar from novelty to prominence in
|Most of the material we have from Christian was recorded from that time up
until his death. |
|In 1941, he came down with tuberculosis and died the next year at a mere
25 years of age.|
Check Out these web sites for more information on Charlie Christian
Christian by Peter Broadbent
This book gives a complete biography,
discography, with photos of Charlie Christians' life and times.
Flight: The Genius of Charlie Christian (1996)
video traces his life and music, from his legendary tenure with the Benny Goodman sextet
to his contributions to bebop. Lots of photos and excerpts about his life and playing with
the Benny Goodman Band.
Complete Atomic Basie - Count Basie
Freddie Greene's guitar playing provided the backbone to the legendary rhythm
section for the Count Basie band that included Basie, Walter Page on bass, Papa Jo Jones
on drums and Green on guitar. The unit's legendary swing and groove provided the
foundation on which the orchestra was able to develop its unique big band sound. Green
also distinguished himself with the band as a composer. His composition Corner Pocket was
a staple in the Basie band's repertoire. Here he featured in the Basie band, on this
excellent roasting CD.
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