Charlie Christian And The Unusually Modern Arpeggios

I’ll bet you did not think Charlie Christian would be playing the type of arpeggios that he does in this solo. I was really surprised when I was checking it out. I guess that he was very literally playing the changes. In this Charlie Christian Lesson, I go over 5 examples from the solo and discuss the material he uses.

The examples show how Charlie Christian was already using a lot of bebop ideas in his playing. The examples also show he crafted a lot of his lines in the solo, which is very interesting.

This is a simple one chorus solo on the “swing standard” I’ve found a new baby. But actually, it is pretty insane all the stuff that is in here if you think about the fact that it was recorded in the 1940s

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