Charlie Christian: “Solo Flight” (edit of both takes)

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.


Charlie Christian: “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” (extended edit)

Charlie Christian got an extended solo section on this Benny Goodman sextet track (1940), and this edit adds his alternate take solos to the master take. 

Christian’s three solos on the studio recordings add up to 1:45, and the languid vibe of the arrangement during his section made a nearly seamless edit possible, despite the fact that the master take found the overall right rhythm for the song that the alternate takes lacked.

Compared to the anticipating-Chuck-Berry-blartney-blartney of his solos on “Breakfast Feud,” (extended edit here), “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” finds Christian leaning toward West Coast Jazz.

The edit sequence is the master take up to the point of Christian’s solo > two alternate take solos > master take Christian solo and conclusion.