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The Benny Goodman Sextet Featuring Charlie Christian 1939-1941
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 19 August 2014
Clarinettist Benny Goodman(1909-1986) and Charlie Christian(1916-1942), pioneer of the electric guitar, can be heard on this sextet album featuring 18 excellent tracks recorded between 1939 & 1941.
The collective personnel is as follows: Benny Goodman(clarinet); Charlie Christian(guitar); Georgie Auld(tenor sax); cootie Williams(trumpet); Lionel Hampton(vibes); Count Basie(piano); Artie Bernstein(bass); Nick Fatool, Jo Jones, Dave Tough(drums).
Goodman and Christian are on superb form throughout and highlights include 'Stardust', 'AC/DC Current', 'Poor Butterfly' & 'Breakfast Feud'.
Despite the complete absence of notes and personnel information on this SONY reissue the swinging small-group jazz is essential for any serious collection.
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on 2 March 2009
This is a great CD; for fans of Christian it provides a good insight into a significant part of his short career (he is not a mere sideman on this album), although I would personally always choose Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessell of Joe Pass over Christian...

Influential as he was, later electric guitar players just seem more imaginative and versatile artists than good old Charlie... As for older cats, Django was not surpassed by Christian; even when he embraced the electric guitar he was still his brilliant self; number one guitar player of the swing style...

Actually, this CD is so brilliant because of Goodman, Hampton, George Auld and other sophisticated swing players (Count Basie and Jo Jones are guests on two numbers!), PARTICULARLY because of Goodman, elegant but hot, and, of course, because of good old Cootie Williams on last few selections... This was the trumpeter's golden era; he was still fresh from Duke Ellington orchestra... Just listen to his intros; they sound like nuclear explosion contained in a jar; just listen to his growling cressendos; they sound like the jar has exploded and nothing can keep the mushroom from appearing over your CD player...
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