This Gibson-styled 4 CD box set features the remarkable talents of American jazz & swing guitarist, Charlie Christian (1916-1942), an important early performer on the electric guitar. From 1939-1941 he featured in the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra and was a key figure not only in bringing the guitar out of the general rhythm section for it to become an upfront solo instrument but also in bringing about a whole new soundworld, as his influence on the later development of bebop and cool jazz testifies.
Les Paul, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Grant Green and Wes Montgomery are just some of the jazz guitarists who were influenced by Charlie Christian, let alone later guitarists such as B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix as well as other bebop musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk & Miles Davis. Charlie Christian played the Gibson ES-150, the first ‘Spanish style’ guitar, introduced in 1936, as opposed to the Hawaiian lap style instruments that had been used previously. His pioneering work led to the guitar being known as the ‘Charlie Christian Guitar’ and the pickup being named after him.