Char­lie Chris­tian

Solo Flight: The Ge­nius Of Char­lie Chris­tian

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This com­pi­la­tion al­bum fea­tures tracks by gui­tarist Char­lie Chris­tian cut be­tween 1939 and 1941. Most of us know the man’s name thanks to the Char­lie Chris­tian pickup, but he holds a more im­por­tant place in his­tory as the in­ven­tor of the gui­tar solo. Be­fore Char­lie, the gui­tar was a back­ing in­stru­ment. On Solo Flight you hear Chris­tian punch­ing his way out of the mix with ag­gres­sively comp’d chords and sin­gle string so­los. His arpeg­gio work on stan­dards such as Tea For Two is way ahead of its time. Stand­out track: Star­dust Tech­nique take-home: Seam­less switch­ing be­tween comp­ing and solo­ing is the key

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