Charlie Christian: Stompin' at the Savoy (Live at Minton's)


Stompin’ at the Savoy



Charlie Christian Live 1939-1941 (Music Memoria 34009.
Note: Referenced CD is out of print and hard to find.
Do not confuse with other CDs featuring Charlie Christian
with Benny Goodman, who does not appear on this track.)

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Charlie Christian (guitar), Thelonious Monk (piano), Kenny Clarke (drums),

Joe Guy (trumpet), Nick Fenton (bass), unknown tenor and additional trumpet


Recorded: Minton’s Playhouse, New York, May, 1941


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Charlie Christian’s relatively short recording career provided an invaluable historical link in the transition from swing to bop. Recording primarily with Benny Goodman but also participating in many of the first bebop jam sessions at Minton's, Christian’s rhythmic phrasing and horn-influenced melodic lines helped introduce a new jazz vocabulary. While most recorded Christian solos are brief, “Stompin’ at the Savoy” is a prime example of Christian stretching out and performing an extended solo alongside two other bop pioneers, Monk and Clarke. Take particular note of the (now common) bebop phrases that Christian introduces from 3:46 through 4:05 in his solo.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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  • 1 elliott // Sep 18, 2008 at 01:14 AM
    hey great that you are familiar with Charlie Christian and his work. I've been listening to him since I'm a kid. I have a few of his early recordings if you're interested. thanks