Monday, January 15, 2018

Charlie Christian - Complete Masters of Jazz

Charles Henry Christian was born in Bonham, TX on July 29, 1916 and succumbed to chronic pulmonary and ileocecal tuberculosis in New York City on March 2, 1942. During that brief lifespan, he developed an unprecedented ability to improvise on the electrically amplified guitar and became internationally famous as Benny Goodman's featured soloist. During the 1990s, the Masters of Jazz historic reissue label set a precedent for the careful reappraisal of Christian's complex and only partially studio-recorded legacy. The producers did this by lining up selected air shots, location recordings, and studio takes in chronological sequence, beginning with music that materialized on August 19, 1939 (three days after Christian auditioned for Benny Goodman in Los Angeles and sat in with Goodman's band at the French Garden Room of the Victor Hugo Restaurant in Beverly Hills on the evening of the same day) and following his footsteps to the Columbia recording session of November 7, 1940, when pianist Count Basie sat in with the Benny Goodman Sextet. Eight volumes in this series cover much of the recorded evidence from Christian's meteoric career ; volumes one through four, issued separately and as a four-CD set, paint a fascinating portrait of a young innovator at large during an exciting and transitional period in the evolution of jazz from swing to bop. A ninth volume, appended to the series in 2001, contained remastered versions of some tracks along with previously unheard rarities.
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Charlie Christian
Complete edition
(Masters of Jazz, vol. 1-9)


Cd. 1
(Aug.-Oct. 1939)

1 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton, Robin)  3:09
2 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  2:23

3 One Sweet Letter from You (Brown, Clare, Warren)  3:21

4 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:59
5 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  5:42
6 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  4:37
7 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton, Robin)  3:11
8 Homeward Bound (Flying Home) (DeLange, Goodman, Hampton)  3:18
9 Rose Room (Hickman, Williams)  2:46
10 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  3:13
11 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton, Robin)  3:53
12 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  2:32
13 Memories of You (Blake, Razaf)  3:14
14 Rose Room (Hickman, Williams)  3:02

15 Haven't Named It Yet (Christian, Hampton)  2:56

16 AC/DC Current (Christian, Goodman, Hampton)  2:25
17 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton, Robin)  3:10
18 Soft Winds (Goodman, Henderson)  2:25
19 Memories of You (Blake, Razaf)  2:54

accompanied by her
20 Deep Sea Blues (Cox)  3:07


Cd. 2
(Nov.-Dec. 1939)

1 Shivers (Christian, Hampton)  2:50
2 Memories of You [take 1] (Blake, Razaf)  3:09
3 Memories of You [take 2] (Blake, Razaf)  3:06
4 Soft Winds [take 1] (Goodman, Henderson)  2:25
5 Soft Winds [take 2] (Goodman, Henderson)  2:23
6 Seven Come Eleven (Christian, Goodman)  2:41

7 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  2:57

8 Seven Come Eleven (Christian, Goodman)  2:39
9 AC/DC Current (Christian, Goodman, Hampton)  2:24
10 Dinah (Akst, Lewis, Young)  3:03
11 Shivers [not complete] (Christian, Hampton)  2:27
12 Shivers (Christian, Hampton)  2:40
13 AC/DC Current (Christian, Goodman, Hampton)  2:43
14 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (Daugherty, Neiburg, Reynolds)  2:53
15 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton, Robin)  3:12
16 Memories of You (Blake, Razaf)  3:02
17 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  3:52

18 Pagin' the Devil (Page)  3:58
19 Good Morning Blues (Basie, Durham, Rushing)  3:44
20 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (Creamer, Layton)  2:29

21 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  9:30


Cd. 3
(Dec. 1939-June 1940)

1 AC/DC Current (Christian, Goodman, Hampton)  2:19
2 Pick-A-Rib (Goodman)  3:08
3 Till Tom Special (Goodman, Hampton)  2:33

4 All Star Strut [breakdown] (Mergentroid)  1:18
5 All Star Strut [master take] (Mergentroid)  3:06
6 All Star Strut [take 3] (Mergentroid)  3:08

7 Till Tom Special (Goodman, Hampton)  3:05
8 Gone with "What" Wind [take 1] (Basie, Goodman)  3:13
9 Gone with "What" Wind [take 2 - master] (Basie, Goodman)  3:23
10 Gone with "What" Wind (Basie, Goodman)  3:36
11 The Sheik of Araby (Smith, Snyder, Wheeler)  3:16
12 Poor Butterfly (Golden, Hubbell)  2:51
13 Gone with "What" Wind (Basie, Goodman)  3:25
14 I Surrender, Dear (Barris, Clifford)  3:00
15 Boy Meets Goy (Grand Slam) (Goodman)  2:50
16 The Sheik of Araby (Smith, Snyder, Wheeler)  3:56
17 Soft Winds (Goodman, Henderson)  2:18
18 The Sheik of Araby (Smith, Snyder, Wheeler)  2:22
19 Seven Come Eleven (Christian, Goodman)  3:16
20 Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) (Goodman)  4:14


Cd. 4
(June-Nov. 1940)

1 Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) (Goodman)  3:17
2 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Strachey)  3:10
3 Good Enough to Keep (Air Mail Special) (Christian, Goodman, Mundy)  2:54
4 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  2:35
5 Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) (Goodman)  2:39
6 AC/DC Current (Christian, Goodman, Hampton)  2:24

7 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  2:51
8 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
(Barris, Koehler, Moll)  3:21

9 Ad Lib Blues (Traditional)  3:44
10 I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody (Like I'm Loving You)
(Egan, Marsh, Pitts)  3:01
11 Charlie's Dream (Basie, Young)  3:15
12 Wholly Cats (Goodman)  3:19
13 Lester's Dream (Basie, Young)  3:19

14 Gone with "What" Wind (Basie, Goodman) 3:14

15 Wholly Cats [take 1] (Goodman)  2:59
16 Wholly Cats [take 2] (Goodman)  3:05
17 Wholly Cats [take 3] (Goodman)  3:02
18 Wholly Cats [take 4 - master] (Goodman)  3:03
19 Wholly Cats [take 5] (Goodman)  3:02


On November 7 and December 19, 1940, the Benny Goodman Sextet made a series of records for Columbia that featured electrically amplified guitarist Charlie Christian. In 1994, the Masters of Jazz label raided the archives for every known take; many of these appear on 1940, Vol. 5, which is recommended for those who want to surrender to the wonderment of works in progress. With so many multiple takes including rehearsals and breakdowns, this is quite different from the standard issue Best of Benny Goodman collection. Tracks one through nine document the proceedings of November 7, the day on which Goodman and Christian, together with trumpeter Cootie Williams, tenor saxophonist Georgie Auld (who had obviously been listening to Ben Webster), bassist Artie Bernstein, and drummer Harry Jaeger collaborated with pianist Count Basie. (On December 19, the same group would whip up multiple versions of the "Breakfast Feud" with Ken Kersey at the piano instead of Basie.) Those who wish to adopt the perspective of a fly on the wall should choose track number six, a rehearsal of "Benny's Bugle" that lasts a little over 14 minutes. The November session's five takes of "Wholly Cats" may be found at the end of the previous installment in the series, Charlie Christian 1940, Vol. 4. Recorded on the Make Believe Ballroom radio program on December 19, tracks nine through eleven ("Benny's Bugle," "Wholly Cats," and a jumpin' treatment of Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose"), add extra spontaneity to this already unusually free-spirited Charlie Christian/Benny Goodman retrospective.
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Cd. 5
(Nov.-Dec. 1940)


1 Royal Garden Blues [take 1] (Williams, Williams)  2:46
2 Royal Garden Blues [take 2] (Williams, Williams)  3:02
3 Royal Garden Blues [take 3 - master] (Williams, Williams)  3:16
4 As Long as I Live [take 1 - master] (Arlen, Koehler)  3:16
5 As Long as I Live [take 2] (Arlen, Koehler)  3:21
6 Benny's Bugle (Goodman)  14:16
7 Benny's Bugle (Goodman)  2:28
8 Benny's Bugle [master take] (Goodman)  3:05
9 Benny's Bugle (Goodman)  3:38
10 Wholly Cats (Goodman)  3:37
11 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  4:56

12 Breakfast Feud [take 1] (Goodman)  3:53
13 Breakfast Feud [take 2] (Goodman)  3:15
14 Breakfast Feud [take 3 - incomplete] (Goodman)  1:10
15 Breakfast Feud [take 4] (Goodman)  3:09
16 Breakfast Feud [take 5] (Goodman)  3:06


Packed with multiple takes that might scare away the timid, this is volume six in the complete recordings of guitarist Charlie Christian as compiled and released during the '90s by the Masters of Jazz label. It traces his path through various sessions which took place between December 19, 1940 and February 5, 1941, involving the Benny Goodman Sextet (with and without Count Basie), the Metronome All Star Band (see "One O'Clock Jump"), and lastly, Edmond Hall's Celeste Quartet. This little Blue Note band combined the musical personalities of Charlie Christian, clarinetist Edmond Hall, string bassist Israel Crosby, and boogie-woogie master Meade "Lux" Lewis, who knocked the stuffing out of the celeste, a keyboard instrument that mimics a glockenspiel but might sound to some ears like a well-tuned toy piano. (Fats Waller used the celeste to augment his regular 88s on numerous recordings made during the '30s and early '40s.) One special thing about this intimate session is the fact that Christian operates a guitar without the use of electrical amplification. This enables him to engage in some wonderful interplay with the other three musicians, especially Israel Crosby, whose bass viol seems at times to engage in easy conversation with what has since come to be called an "acoustic" guitar.
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Cd. 6
(Dec. 1940-Feb.1941)


1 I Can't Give You Anything But Love [take 1] (Fields, McHugh)  3:24
2 I Can't Give You Anything But Love [take 2] (Fields, McHugh)  3:35
3 I Can't Give You Anything But Love [take 3 - master] (Fields, McHugh)  3:22
4 Gone with "What" Draft [take 1] (Goodman)  2:38
5 Gone with "What" Draft [take 2] (Goodman)  2:36
6 Gone with "What" Draft [take 3] (Goodman)  2:38

7 Breakfast Feud [take 1] (Goodman)  3:07
8 Breakfast Feud [take 2 -master] (Goodman)  3:06
9 Breakfast Feud [take 3] (Goodman)  0:35
10 Breakfast Feud [take 4] (Goodman)  2:25
11 On the Alamo (Jones, Kahn)  3:27
12 I Found a New Baby [take 1 - master] (Palmer, Williams)  2:57
13 I Found a New Baby [take 2] (Palmer, Williams)  3:03
14 Gone With What Draft (Gilly) [take 1 - master] (Goodman)  2:45
15 Gone with "What" Draft (Gilly) [take 2] (Goodman)  2:46
16 Gone with "What" Draft (Gilly) [take 3] (Goodman)  2:44

17 One O'Clock Jump (Basie)  3:28

18 Jammin' in Four (Lewis)  4:17
19 Edmond Hall Blues (Lewis)  4:12
20 Profoundly Blue [take 1 - master] (Lewis)  4:03
21 Profoundly Blue [take 2] (Lewis)  4:13
22 Celestial Express (Lewis)  3:50


Cd. 7
(Feb.-March 1941)

1 Wholly Cats (Goodman)  2:41
2 Gone With What Draft (Goodman)  2:24
3 Breakfast Feud (Goodman)  2:04
4 Gone With What Draft (Goodman)  2:41
5 Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me) (Goodman)  2:17

6 Chonk, Charlie, Chonk (Solo Flight) (Christian, Goodman, Mundy)  1:51
7 Solo Flight [take 1 - master] (Christian, Goodman, Mundy)  2:51
8 Solo Flight [take 2] (Christian, Goodman, Mundy)  2:50

9 Flying Home (Hampton, Goodman, DeLange)  3:12
10 Smo-O-O-Oth One (Wainting For Benny)   21:09
I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me (McHugh, Gaskill) -
Rose Room (Hickman, Williams) - I Hadn't Anyone 'Till You (Noble) -
Blues in B (Guarnieri, Christian)
11 Smo-o-o-oth One [take 1] (Goodman)  3:23
12 Smo-o-o-oth One [take 2 - master] (Goodman)  3:20
13 Smo-o-o-oth One [take 3] (Goodman)  3:17


Cd. 8
(March-June ? 1941)

1 Good Enough To Keep (Air Mail Special) [take 1 - master] (Goodman, Mundy, Christian)  3:25
2 Good Enough To Keep (Air Mail Special[take 2] (Goodman, Mundy, Christian)  3:30
3 Good Enough To Keep (Air Mail Special) (Goodman, Mundy, Christian)  3:04
4 Wholly Cats (Goodman)  2:14
5 Breakfast Feud (Goodman)  2:57
6 Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider (Munson, Leonard)  2:43
7 Flying Home (Hampton, Goodman, DeLange)  3:37
8 Songs Of The Islands (King)  3:04

9 Flying Home (King)  3:09

10 Topsy (Charlies Choice) (Swing To Bop) (Durham, Battle)  8:47
11 Stompin' At The Savoy (Sampson, Webb, Goodman, Razaf)  8:30
12 Honeysuckle Rose (Gershwin, Gershwin) (Waller, Razaf)  6:14
13 I Got Rhythm (Down On Teddy's Hill) (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:11
14 I Got Rhythm (Guy's Got To Go) (Lips Flips) (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:29
15 Stompin' At The Savoy (On With Charlie Christian)
(Sampson, Webb, Goodman, Razaf)  5:00

16 Benny's Bugle (Goodman)  3:20
17 Rose Room (Hickman, Williams)  2:22

18 Solo Flight (Christian, Goodman, Munfy)  2:41


Cd. 9
[Complements - 1939-1941]

1 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  2:28
2 Flying Home (Hampton, Goodman, DeLange)  3:23
3 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:39
4 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:39
5 Tea For Two (Youmans, Caesar)  5:02
6 Rose Room (Hickman, Williams)  3:38
7 South Of The Border (Carr, Kennedy)  3:34
8 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  10:42
9 Poor Butterfly [incomplete take](Hubbel, Golden)  1:15
10 Just Like Taking Candy From A Baby (Astaire)  2:50
11 Li'l Boy Love (Losser, Hollander)  3:03
12 Benny's Bugle [rehearsal & master] (Goodman)  13:29
13 Gone With What Draft (Gilly) [breakdown take] (Goodman)  1:34
14 Breakfast Feud (Goodman)  3:15
15 Breakfast Feud (Goodman)  3:08
16 Stompin' at The Savoy (Sampson, Webb, Goodman, Razaf)  10:23
17 Stompin' at The Savoy [incomplete take] (Sampson, Webb, Goodman, Razaf)  1:45


Feat. Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Cootie Williams, Count Basie, Don Byas, Jo Jones, Johnny Guarnieri, Fred Astaire, Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson, Oscar Pettiford, Freddie Green, Lester Young, etc...

See the complete artwork for all details (musicians, sessions, places, etc)

It can be said without exaggeration that virtually every jazz guitarist that emerged during 1940-65 sounded like a relative of Charlie Christian. The first important electric guitarist, Christian played his instrument with the fluidity, confidence, and swing of a saxophonist. Although technically a swing stylist, his musical vocabulary was studied and emulated by the bop players, and when one listens to players ranging from Tiny Grimes, Barney Kessel, and Herb Ellis, to Wes Montgomery and George Benson, the dominant influence of Christian is obvious.Charlie Christian's time in the spotlight was terribly brief. He played piano locally in Oklahoma, and began to utilize an amplified guitar in 1937, after becoming a student of Eddie Durham, a jazz guitarist who invented the amplified guitar. John Hammond, the masterful talent scout and producer, heard about Christian (possibly from Mary Lou Williams), was impressed by what he saw, and arranged for the guitarist to travel to Los Angeles in August 1939 and try out with Benny Goodman. Although the clarinetist was initially put off by Christian's primitive wardrobe, as soon as they started jamming on "Rose Room," Christian's talents were obvious. For the next two years, he would be well-featured with Benny Goodman's Sextet; there were two solos (including the showcase "Solo Flight") with the full orchestra; and the guitarist had the opportunity to jam at Minton's Playhouse with such up-and-coming players as Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, and Dizzy Gillespie. All of the guitarist's recordings (including guest spots and radio broadcasts) are currently available on CD. Tragically, he contracted tuberculosis in 1941, and died at the age of 25 on March 2, 1942. It would be 25 years before jazz guitarists finally moved beyond Charlie Christian.
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Eric said...

This link does not seem to work. What a pity.

Melanchthon said...

Links are ok.

blissedout said...

Wow! Merci beaucoup.

estravagario said...

Should it be possible for you to remain using uptobox or 1fichier servers? I'm having problems with present ones. Thank you very much ad best regards!

CrunchyFrog said...

hi melanchthon... why is the file owners traffic always exhausted? I actually pay for a rapidshare account, but I can never seem to use it for your links... wondering why? is there something I can do? Thanks! as always, I love this site... it's the best.

OldHippieRick said...

yup the time slots are all full with BS services that are being used it would of been a gem to get Oh Well

deGallo said...

RS resets at midnight Central European Time. Figure out what time zone you are in and try downloading as soon as it resets. It only allows 30 GB of public traffic so you gotta get in there fast. Where I am it resets at 5 pm so I plug everything into jDownloader and start it at 5 pm. No problem! Thank you Melanchthon. Very nice!

estravagario said...

You're right RS resets at midnight, however, due to very low quota, sooner than later it becomes impossible to download entries with several links...

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El Rana said...

I'm a guitarist, and this is my DNA.

Thanks forever !


Terry said...

Like the others, I am having no success in d/l this fabulous collection. 2 of the 4 sites are full & 2 others lead to iLivid which I refuse to use because it brings pop-ups, porn & a change in search engine. Normally Embedupload gives a choice of Zippy which is fine but not this time.
Great post anyway.

Melanchthon said...

Terry, wich of the links brings you porn & pop-ups ?

Terry said...

Both Hipfile & Filerio are fronts for iLivid & as I say, I have had bad experiences with iLivid in the past. Speaking of porn, if I try to download from Filedefend, I am asked to read an instruction manual on female ejaculation &/or visit a site to meet "women who just want to be f****d"

deGallo said...

I think jDownloader will bypass iLivid. However, I think Mirrorcreator is better than Embedupload.

OldHippieRick said...

LMAO indeed @filerio service it does not matter what cappa they show it will always show WRONG wait 10mins to try agagin What happen to uptobox it was the only one that did not play games and fast DL's for sure.. Here in te US now matter what RS will not DL this file.. still have hope I'll get at least one file from the others even with the BS as free

CrunchyFrog said...

@Terry - if you use a downloading software like Jdownloader (which is free at, rather than downloading directly from the filehost website, you will not have to worry about pop-ups and the like. I used Hipfile, which was very slow but nevertheless did the job.

CrunchyFrog said...

I just wish Rapidshare would work!

Terry said...

I followed deGallo's advice & used Rapidshare at midnight (Euro time).
It worked so thanks for the great post Mel.

Terry said...

And now available in Zippyshare- thanks Mel. These must be among the greatest small group recordings made. Christian, like Parker, was incapable of playing the same phrase twice so the multiple tracks are welcome. And of course, Goodman was the best clarinetist ever.

reindeer man said...

I'll echo that RS resets midnight European time; I'm able to sneak in and DL a file or two before the public traffic is exhausted. Today it only took 15 minutes!

Thanks Mel for an awesome collection. It'll take a few days, but eventually I'll assemble it.

And definitely stay away from iLivid. Trouble.

Ghjuvan-Paulu said...

Super blog
Super travail
Merci infiniment

José López said...
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ohad gefen said...

Hello, i just downloaded Volume 8 RAR, and it asks for a password... help!

Augusto said...


Jarto said...

Hello, could it be possible to upload new links, please. A great post, a great blog, a grest work! Thanks and congratulations.

Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very very much, Mel!!!!

hippocampe said...

Really my dream come true!
A master of groovy electric guitar
A thousand of thx

Happy New Year Jazz Melomaniacos

hootenany18 said...

Hi. Some kind soul can tell me why I almost always get a "files are corrupt" message when I download these gems? I have the pw, I open the folders with WinRAR once downloaded. I've tried with different browsers. Too bad - this is such a great blog... Thanks a million.

hootenany18 said...

Never mind, problem solved.

zoltanzylox said...

Thanks Mel!

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Caravaggio said...

Amazing! I have very little Charlie I have plenty to keep me busy.
You are very kind

Kovina Kris said...

Wow. Super re-post. I missed this one the first time so I'm really glad to get another chance. Thank you Mel!

musician3 said...

AMAZING....................THANK YOU FOR ALL

hepcat said...

Many thnks, a great post.

Brush&Stick said...

Thank you so much for this amazingly generous share!

lucky5 said...

Much appreciated, Mel!

furnguy said...

thanks again and as always.

Otis Foster said...

Super post - thnx melanchthon

adakun said...

Gracias Mel, muy agradecido.

HEXIS said...

Super - Extra - Hiper - Master Melanchthon
Thanks Mel

Fred Archtop said...

What a great post! Thanks a million Mel.

Motenswing said...

Thank you Melanchthon. I'm new here. Can you please tell me what is or how to find the pw?

Motenswing said...

I found it!

DOug C said...

Thanks for making these available Mel - much appreciated

aikio said...

Every time
Thank you, Mel,

Pedraferit said...

Just arrive at Sic Vos Non Vobis, and found such a beautiful post. Thanks Mel.

Frantz-milby Michel said...

can some body give me the PW please ?

Kovina Kris said...

PW....look at the top of the right-hand column for the PW link

Anonymous said...

Hi Dear MM, are you ok? long time since last activity, hope you are fine. love.

flyra said...

I hope you're OK and that you're just taking a break! Thanks for the music!

Anonymous said...

The same here

Anonymous said...

It seems the site is about to end - messages about "not found - try again" + not activity for 3 weeks...please let us know if there is an alternate address

Buhodós said...

Muchas gracias por el aporte.

Anonymous said...

No end, Dear MM say if you need anything.

ritzbird said...

Awesome post, very many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Incredible re-posting! Mel, if you are well and able, would love to see you do the same for the Billie Holiday Masters of Jazz series Vols. 1-17; Those masterings are very hard to find these days! Many thanks.

sunman said...

Thanks Mel!

alligator69 said...

Thank you, Mel