Benny Goodman Sextet Featuring Charlie Christian

Benny Goodman Sextet Featuring Charlie Christian

by Benny Goodman SextetBenny Goodman Sextet


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/1989
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644514421
catalogNumber: 45144
Rank: 44143


  1. Flying Home
  2. Stardust
  3. Memories of You
  4. Soft Winds
  5. Shivers
  6. AC/DC Current
  7. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  8. The Sheik of Araby
  9. Poor Butterfly
  10. I Surrender, Dear
  11. These Foolish Things
  12. Good Enough to Keep (Air Mail Special)
  13. Breakfast Feud
  14. I Can't Give You Anything But Love Baby
  15. Gilly
  16. On the Alamo
  17. Gone With What Draft
  18. A Smo-O-O-Oth One

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman Sextet   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Count Basie   Piano
Charlie Christian   Electric Guitar,Track Performer
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Leader
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   Producer
John Hammond   Producer
Michael Brooks   Producer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Sid Robin   Composer

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