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The Genius of the Electric Guitar (Bonus Track Version)


Download links and information about The Genius of the Electric Guitar (Bonus Track Version) by Charlie Christian. This album was released in 1987 and it belongs to Jazz, Bop genres. It contains 19 tracks with total duration of 01:13:01 minutes.

Artist: Charlie Christian
Release date: 1987
Genre: Jazz, Bop
Tracks: 19
Duration: 01:13:01
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No. Title Length
1. Rose Room 2:48
2. Seven Come Eleven 2:47
3. Till Tom Special 3:02
4. Gone With "What" Wind 3:15
5. Grand Slam 2:52
6. Six Appeal 3:20
7. Wholly Cats 3:01
8. Royal Garden Blues 3:03
9. As Long As I Live 3:24
10. Benny's Buggle 3:07
11. Breakfast Feud 3:07
12. I Found a New Baby 2:57
13. Solo Flight 2:48
14. Blues in B 1:46
15. A Smo-O-O-Oth One 5:07
16. Air Mail Special 3:20
17. Stompin' At the Savoy (Bonus Track) 8:15
18. Topsy (Bonus Track) 8:53
19. Honeysuckle Rose (Bonus Track) 6:09



Charlie Christian's tragic death at the age of 23 is a firmly entrenched fact of jazz mythology. On The Genius of the Electric Guitar, which consists of various tracks recorded with the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra, Christian's revolutionary guitar playing is clearly displayed. In keeping with the era, each of these 16 songs is relatively short, with each soloist allowed only a chorus or two to make their statements. Paucity of time troubles Christian and his compatriots not a whit, however, and they let loose with concise, swinging lines. Of the other soloists on display here, Lionel Hampton and Goodman himself play admirably, but Christian is in a different league altogether, his sophistication remarkable. Exhibit A: his solo in "Rose Room." Logically constructed and rhythmically varied, it is nevertheless eminently singable. Supplementary evidence, for those not convinced, can be found on "Seven Come Eleven," "Solo Flight," and "Air Mail Special." Towards the second half of the disc there is a tendency towards more meandering, hookless charts, such as the studio throwaways "Blues in B" and "Waiting for Benny." The inclusion of these tracks, but the omission of the sides Christian recorded with his own quintet, is a puzzling choice on the part of reissue producers Bob Altshuler and Michael Brooks, and mars what is otherwise a first-rate selection of material. Nevertheless, The Genius of the Electric Guitar is a fine introduction, not just to Charlie Christian's brilliant and all-too-brief career, but to jazz guitar in general.