Benny Goodman Sextet Featuring Charlie Christian

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Charlie Christian was not the first electric guitarist, but he was its first giant. He elevated the guitar from a member of the rhythm section where it was often inaudible to the frontline, taking solos that could challenge any saxophonist. His playing was so appealing to his contemporaries that it was not until the emergence of rock in the mid- to late '60s that more advanced guitarists emerged. By then it was over a quarter century since Christian's premature death from tuberculosis. He spent his only two high-profile years as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet, and 18 of their best recordings are on this CD. Christian and Goodman are joined by Lionel Hampton on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Charlie Christian was not the first electric guitarist, but he was its first giant. He elevated the guitar from a member of the rhythm section where it was often inaudible to the frontline, taking solos that could challenge any saxophonist. His playing was so appealing to his contemporaries that it was not until the emergence of rock in the mid- to late '60s that more advanced guitarists emerged. By then it was over a quarter century since Christian's premature death from tuberculosis. He spent his only two high-profile years as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet, and 18 of their best recordings are on this CD. Christian and Goodman are joined by Lionel Hampton on the first dozen performances, while the final six boast the explosive combination of trumpeter Cootie Williams and Georgie Auld's tenor. The riffing inspires heated yet melodic solos, resulting in classic music that is impossible to dislike.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/1989
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074644514421
  • Catalog Number: 45144
  • Sales rank: 51,898

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Goodman Sextet Primary Artist, Track Performer
Benny Goodman Indexed Contributor, Clarinet, Leader
Count Basie Piano
Charlie Christian Electric Guitar, Track Performer
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Jo Jones Drums
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri Piano
Ken Kersey Piano
Georgie Auld Tenor Saxophone
Artie Bernstein Bass
Dudley Brooks Piano
Nick Fatool Drums
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Dave Tough Drums
Harry Jaeger Drums
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer
John Hammond Producer
Michael Brooks Producer
Sydney Robin Composer
Sid Robin Composer
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