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Album Review

Any Charlie Christian sides are rare, but if they sound good in digital remastering, they warrant attention. The guitarist is featured on many of these 23 cuts with Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton. Giants of Jazz recordings are generous in time length and priced to fit a thin budget, so they are desirable for novice buyers. If you have none of Charlie Christian's recordings, this is a worthwhile entry point. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Biography

Born: July 29, 1916 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s

It can be said without exaggeration that virtually every jazz guitarist that emerged during 1940-65 sounded like a relative of Charlie Christian. The first important electric guitarist, Christian played his instrument with the fluidity, confidence, and swing of a saxophonist. Although technically a swing stylist, his musical vocabulary was studied and emulated by the bop players, and when one listens to players ranging...
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