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The Benny Goodman Sextet Featuring Charlie Christian: 1939-1941 [Original recording remastered]

Benny Goodman, Charlie ChristianAudio CD
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listen16. On The AlamoBenny Goodman 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Gone With What Draft (Album Version)Benny Goodman 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (August 7, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026TA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By 1939 not only had Benny Goodman fronted one of jazz's most popular big bands, but he'd also created highly influential "chamber jazz" with his legendary trio and quartet. Once he heard the young guitar pioneer Charlie Christian, Goodman immediately expanded his small group to a sextet to accommodate him (along with bassist Artie Bernstein). Goodman's recordings with Christian remain some of the genre's most significant work, largely because of the impact of Christian's revolutionary guitar. In fact, many of these original tunes are based on Christian's own "pet licks," showing us just how logical and well constructed his improvisations are. Christian's harmonically advanced single-note solos are a precursor to bebop, but even more importantly, he establishes the guitar as an equal partner to the horn soloists. No longer relegated to rhythm work, Christian's lines are every bit as awe-inspiring as those of the leading blowers of the day. Christian is simply inventing the vocabulary of modern jazz guitar. The sextet is fleshed out by the likes of Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, and Cootie Williams, and Goodman, never one to be outdone by his sidemen, plays with the vibrancy and the sort of "relaxed precision" that only he was capable of. --Marc Greilsamer

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More great guitar + March 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This disc and "Genius of the Electric Guitar" together provide a solid overview of Christian's phenomenal recording career with Benny Goodman. Contrary to what another review here might lead you to believe, Christian takes plenty of passes and is in top form. Plus, the disc features plenty of phenomenal playing by Fletcher Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Cootie Wilson, Georgie Auld, and of course Benny Goodman. Very, very enjoyable.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I've always regarded the Goodman small groups as another high water mark in the history of small ensemble playing in jazz. The early lineage begins with the Armstrong Hot 5 and 7 groups, includes Count Basie's small group sessions with Lester Young, and is completed by the brilliant playing of Goodman in trio and somewhat larger ensembles. Unfortunately, this is "merely" an enjoyable collection of carefully timed studio sessions (18 tunes) with the other players serving as little more than a showcase for the "relaxed precision" (neither brilliant nor especially impressive) of Goodman's clarinet.

The title is certainly a misnomer. Far from being a "featured" performer, Christian is frequently limited to as few as eight bars of improvising during a 32-bar pop song. Apparently Sony-Columbia saw the Christian connection as the surest way to market these undeniably important recordings to the general public. This was "pop music" to listeners of the day, but for the present-day listener it's competent playing of familiar tunes--smooth, palatable, pleasant but lacking in heat, swing, or memorable improvising. The label's "Genius of the Electric Guitar" also suffers from a disproportionate emphasis on Goodman but at least affords Christian some lengthier solo opportunities.

As we approach the year of Goodman's centenary, he deserves recognition if not a renewal of interest in his music and its significance. But this is not the album for it. In fact, the scandalously neglected Les Paul small group sessions of the '40's (before the multitracking and electronic gadgetry) feature not only more scintillating guitar but more inspired, intricate, and technically challenging ensemble playing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a Needle February 16, 2011
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This is a good album, but frustratingly, there is another one that is similar and much better, which is very hard to find.

In the sixties, Columbia issued an outstanding LP (Columbia 652) under the title "Charlie Christian with the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra." There were 11 sextet numbers recorded from 1939 to 1941: Seven Come Eleven, Till Tom Special, Gone With "What" Wind, Six Appeal, Wholly Cats, Breakfast Feud, Gone With What Draft, Blues in B, Air Mail Special, Waitin' for Benny, and A Smo-o-oth One. Benny and Charlie Christian appeared on all of the tracks, along with a shifting group of other musicians that included Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Cootie Williams, and Jo Jones.

These recordings had a very special quality. The melody lines were simple catchy swing riffs, credited to Goodman and others in the group. There were a number of other ensemble passages, all performed to perfection, and a lot of good solos. The musicianship on this modest album was fantastic.

As best I can determine, the album has never been reissued on CD. It is still available on vinyl -- I found one after a lot of looking -- but because Amazon is so careless about not telling you what tunes appear on older albums, it is virtually impossible to be sure what you're actually getting.

The instant CD overlaps with Columbia 652 to the extent of three numbers. There are also a couple of nice tight sextet numbers in the same vein that do not appear on the LP (Flyin' Home and AC/DC Current). The rest is miscellaneous Goodman/Christian sextet music from the same vintage. It's OK; but I don't think anyone would call most of it exciting. Poor Butterfly, I Surrender Dear and Soft Winds are nice, but they can't hold a candle to Seven Come Eleven, Till Tom Special, and Wholly Cats.

My advice: go for the best, and if you don't have a turntable, get someone to cut you a CD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swing like Mad December 20, 2006
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This is a great CD; for fans of Christian it provides a good insight into a significant part of his short career (he is not a mere sideman on this album), although I would personally always choose Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessell of Joe Pass over Christian...

Influential as he was, later electric guitar players just seem more imaginative and versatile artists than good old Charlie... As for older cats, Django was not surpassed by Christian; even when he embraced the electric guitar he was still his brilliant self; number one guitar player of the swing style...

Actually, this CD is so brilliant because of Goodman, Hampton, George Auld and other sophisticated swing players (Count Basie and Jo Jones are guests on two numbers!), PARTICULARLY because of Goodman, ellegant but hot, and, of course, because of good old Cootie Williams on last few selections... This was the trumpeter's golden era; he was still fresh from Duke Ellington orchestra... Just listen to his intros; they sound like nuclear explosion contained in a jar; just listen to his growling cressendos; they sound like the jar has exploded and nothin' can keep the mushroom from appearing over your cd player...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
A very fun CD featuring a pioneer of the electric guitar. This collection is fabulous. I bought it in 2000 and still listen to it in 2014.
Published 5 months ago by P. Mulloy
3.0 out of 5 stars great music, lousy packaging
After listening to this amazing collection, it seems fair to say that the combination of Charlie Christian, Lionel Hampton, and Benny Goodman produced one of the all-time great... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Craig Buhler
4.0 out of 5 stars Great swing but could use some liner notes
Recently got this CD for Christmas. I really like the music and the interplay of the musicians but I wish I knew who was playing on each cut! Read more
Published 20 months ago by T. J. Toth
5.0 out of 5 stars A Smooth One
If you are like me, you know that Charlie Christian was the first jazz guitarist to play amplified jazz & inspired thousands of young guitarists at the time to take up the... Read more
Published on January 12, 2011 by Jerlaw
4.0 out of 5 stars timeles music
a pleasure to hear the masters combine their talent. the story of these two great musicians meeting in a time of American racism that was almost

unprecedented needed to... Read more
Published on July 15, 2010 by Richard E.Schweitzer,MDRichard E. Schweitzermd
3.0 out of 5 stars Selections
The performances are good, but I've heard better selections featuring Charlie Christian on other recordings.
Published on January 15, 2007 by Carl W. Horst
5.0 out of 5 stars goodman is quite good.
Benny goodman is one of the most influental fiddle players. it's amazing to hear him play, and his bow techniques are flabergasting. Read more
Published on August 3, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music..great sound...and-I'd buy it for the cover alone...
Benny Goodman-lb. for lb. maybe the coolest cat of 'em all-first bandleader to integrate-appears here with the great electric guitarist Charlie Christian,Lionel Hampton,Fletcher... Read more
Published on July 11, 2006 by Brian Schiff
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much Benny Goodman, too little Charlie Christian
Charlie Christian is not as dominating on this record as I was hoping for. This is pretty much a Benny Goodman record,only, Christian is only a sideman here.
Published on December 19, 2000 by Wolfgang Kuhnle
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