Album Review

Christian, Charlie – “Charlie Christian” – [Everest]

Cousin Mary   3/30/2009   12-inch, Jazz

Charlie Christian was an early pioneer on electric guitar and was known for his work with Benny Goodman???s sextet. His virtuoso horn-like playing was very innovative and has influenced jazz guitarists to this day. Unfortunately, he died of tuberculosis in March of 1942 at the age of 25.

These tracks were recorded after hours in 1941 in Harlem at a club called Minton???s and feature Thelonius Monk on piano and Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet. Although this LP was based on poor recordings, the hard driving performances come right through and give us a rare look at pre-war Harlem jazz.

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