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Charlie Christian
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This week, we revisit one of the pioneers of jazz guitar: the great Charlie Christian, with recordings from a transitional era in jazz.

Charlie Christian was at the cutting edge of jazz guitar during the late 30s and early 40s. His big break came after Benny Goodman took the young guitarist under his wing, after a famous encounter at a restaurant in downtown LA. Christian went on to be one of the early contributors to bebop, before an untimely death at the age of 25. Mal pays tribute to him on this episode with recordings from his stint with Goodman, as well as a live recording at Minton's Playhouse, just as bebop was taking hold.

Bud Shank was a fixture on the West Coast scene for many years as both a session musician and a leader in his own right. Mal brings us some highlights from a Mosaic box-set featuring his recordings from the 1950s.

New releases on the show include one from Tigran Hamasyan's Mockroot, a new collaboration with ade ishs and Chelsea Allen and we'll hear again from the young Sydney pianist Casey Golden.

Tracks in this episode

1. 'Rockin’ in Rhythm' - The Duke Ellington Orchestra
Album: Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo - Duke Ellington 1930 to 1938 (ABC Records 8384372)

2. 'Royal Garden Blues' - Charlie Christian with Benny Goodman Sextet
Album: Charlie Christian - Blues in B (Le Chant du Monde 2741459.60)

3. 'Up on Teddy’s Hill' - Charlie Christian
Album: Live Sessions at Minton’s Playhouse New York, May 1941 (Natasha NI 4020)

4. 'The Pearls' - Stephen Grant
Album: Jazztrack Live Recording, 2014

5. 'Winin’ Boy Blues - Stephen Grant
Album: Jazztrack Live Recording, 2014

6. 'Bag of Blues' - The Bud Shank Quartet
Album: The Pacific Jazz Bud Shank Session (Mosaic MD5 180)

7. 'Surf Pipers' - The Bud Shank Quartet
Album: The Pacific Jazz Bud Shank Session (Mosaic MD5 180)

8. 'White Lightning' - The Bud Shank Quartet
Album: The Pacific Jazz Bud Shank Session (Mosaic MD5 180)

9. 'Ruby My Dear' - Michelle Nicolle
Album: Misterioso (Independent release MN 24)

10. 'Off To The Races' - Donald Byrd
Album: Off To The Races (Blue Note 094636265827)

11. 'Blackbyrd' - Donald Byrd
Album: Blackbyrd (Blue Note CDP 7844662)

12. 'Train' - The ishs/Allen Project
Album: The ishs/Allen Project (AIM07)

13. 'Europia' - Alvin Queen
Album: Jammin’ Uptown (Just a Memory JAM 91642)

14. 'In La Borie' - Verneri Pohjola
Album: Bullhorn (Edition EDN 1056)

15. 'Song for Melan and Rafik' - Tigran Hamasyan
Album: Mockroot (Nonesuch 400249)

16. 'Alone and I' - Gary Versace
Album: Reminiscence (Steeplechase SCCD 31631)

17. 'One of Two Places' - Casey Golden Trio
Album: Outliers (Scrampion Records Scramp 002)

18. 'Sometime' - Dave Rivello Ensemble
Album: Facing the Mirror (Allora Records 1002)

19. 'Lacrima Christi' - Nguyen Le and Paolo Fresu
Album: Duo Art - Creating Magic (ACT 6014-2)

Presented by Mal Stanley

Jazztrack will be re-broadcast on ABC RN on Saturday and Sunday at 11:05pm.

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Charles Henry "Charlie" Christian (July 29, 1916 - March 2, 1942) was an American swing and jazz guitarist. Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar, and a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra from August 1939 to June 1941. His single-string technique, combined with...

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On Feb 9, 2015. 10:31am
ABC Jazz said

Thanks for your comments. Mal Stanley's Jazztrack had a technical glitch at 5pm on Saturday February 7, resulting in no broadcast. Below is a link to hear audio of Saturday's show for a period of 1 month.


The program will also be repeated on Tuesday February 10 at 2pm and 9pm eastern on digital TV and online and at 2pm and 9pm local time on DAB+ (digital radio).

On Feb 8, 2015. 7:45am
Anonymous said

It is unlistenable because it has been compressed to 128 kbps.

On Feb 7, 2015. 6:30pm
Anonymous said

Jazztrack did not air today, so we have not heard this program. Does anyone know why?

On Feb 7, 2015. 5:21pm
Anonymous said

Why isn't Jazz Track on tonight please? We switched on our digital radio at 5pm and were disappointed as it's just the usual ABC jazz and no Mal Stanley.

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