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Very rare Charlie Christian!

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https://www.hotclubny.com/radio?fbclid=IwAR0mg6Fw7ggJJO2pQpI0XJr6nRuD5oMyycCmzQnIy2lk5ip_ChB-VRQzdyY

 

This is a new website for a program called The Hot Club on New York.  the whole show is pretty great but at the 1 hour and twenty minute mark they play an uncirculated Benny Goodman and his Sextet featuring Charlie Christian playing a long blues solo!  

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Must be a new show on WKCR because that time is reserved for Out to Lunch. 

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Yes it is, but the audio quality is much worse. The blues excerpt begins around 7:30.

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2 hours ago, Captain Howdy said:

Has the America in Swingtime BG Sextet ever been available commercially?

The WNYC program has the added bonus of some great CC on "Flying Home" that the KCR doesn't have.

IMHO, the "Blues" cut isn't that interesting as far as CC's solo was, but CC's solos on Flying Home and Gone With What Wind (which is just an up tempo blues) are priceless!!!!

Benny could be a real dick about volume, as that story with CC shows. I just finished the Geo. Duvivier bio, Bassically Speaking, and Derek Smith relates the story of Duvvivier's last gig with BG. They were playing with the Quartet in Atlantic City, and Duvivier was using an amplifier. BG told him,"Pops, could you just turn it down a bit".

It was at the lowest level possible, but George went through the motions of turning it down. Benny wasn't satisfied, and said again, "Pops, turn it down".

So George turned it off, and Benny immediately asked him to turn it down again.

Without another word, George packed up the bass and amp, and left. Duvivier called BG's secretary on the way back to NY, and told her to cancel any remaining dates he had with Benny, and told her to tell Benny if he ever called him for a gig, he was "busy for life". LOL!!!!!!!

 

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That February 1941 'America in Swingtime' broadcast by the BG Sextet is awesome! A very rare opportunity...

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Some more info about this session: http://soloflight.cc/unissued.htm

"These four tunes from this broadcast have never been issued in any format... Two others from this date (Gone with “What” Wind and The Sheik of Araby) were issued for the first time on the Encore label in November 2001."

The funny thing is when the host asks him where he got the recording, Rauch says he recorded it off a WYNC broadcast 35 years ago, so what he has is no better than this  https://www.wnyc.org/story/204512-america-in-swingtime-benny-goodman-sextet/ In fact, he seems to have an edited version.

9 minutes ago, Fer Urbina said:

Liek Captain Howdy says, the segment in Hot Club's radio show is shorter and in not as good sound than the clip from WNYC, which was posted in late 2012. I blogged about it at the time: http://jazzontherecord.blogspot.com/2012/12/encore-bg-and-sextette-unissued.html

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Actually, I meant the Hot Club sounded better but I had only given each a cursory listening and the clicks and pops sound louder on the WYNC version. 

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Sgcim's post about Benny's behavior is similar to many other accounts. I read the bass player's account of the early 60s trip to Russia. Benny's behavior on that tour, and at many other times, suggests some kind of mental illness. Whatever was going on, I'm glad I never had to work with the man. His lovely sound on the clarinet, and that of all his groups, give no clue about what was, at best, a highly antisocial nature.

One certainly does not have to be a martinet to get a nice-sounding ensemble. Oliver Nelson is a good example.

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49 minutes ago, Shrdlu said:

Sgcim's post about Benny's behavior is similar to many other accounts. I read the bass player's account of the early 60s trip to Russia. Benny's behavior on that tour, and at many other times, suggests some kind of mental illness. Whatever was going on, I'm glad I never had to work with the man. His lovely sound on the clarinet, and that of all his groups, give no clue about what was, at best, a highly antisocial nature.

One certainly does not have to be a martinet to get a nice-sounding ensemble. Oliver Nelson is a good example.

I think the eyewitness accounts of all that would fill a book or a lengthy thread. ^_^

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4 hours ago, Shrdlu said:

Sgcim's post about Benny's behavior is similar to many other accounts. I read the bass player's account of the early 60s trip to Russia. Benny's behavior on that tour, and at many other times, suggests some kind of mental illness. Whatever was going on, I'm glad I never had to work with the man. His lovely sound on the clarinet, and that of all his groups, give no clue about what was, at best, a highly antisocial nature.

One certainly does not have to be a martinet to get a nice-sounding ensemble. Oliver Nelson is a good example.

Derek Smith went on to say that he left the band shortly after when that psycho started to give him the "Ray". When he replaced his solo feature on "Love For Sale with a drum solo, Derek hit the road.

The bad time he gave Phil Woods on the Moscow tour is legendary. It climaxed with Benny trying to embarrass Phil at a rehearsal, and saying to Phil, "So you think you can swing more than me, huh?"

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Mel Lewis, who was on that tour, said that they had to play a complex piece for which a conductor was essential. Benny normally didn't bother with it. On one occasion, Benny did conduct, and Mel shouted "Atta boy" at him.

Meanwhile, one of the guys scored some green and half the band had some spliffs and the clarinet player didn't even notice.

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