In February 1941, the Benny Goodman Orchestra recorded two takes of “Solo Flight,” named for the fact that it was a Charlie Christian electric guitar solo showcase. This edit seamlessly combines those takes to offer four minutes of continuous soloing.
“Solo Flight” wasn’t a particularly adventurous setting for Christian’s playing. Many of his 20-30 second solos on more angular, insect-jazz songs are more instantly mind-blowing. Nonetheless, hearing him invent longer narratives is amazing, and not just for the rarity of it.