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Album Review

This eight-track sampler from Columbia's The Genius of the Electric Guitar box set offers a slice of the box to people who may be unsure of its overall worth. It is far from a definitive sampler, though. If you're a big Christian fan, buy the box; otherwise, the original (and still-available) Genius of the Electric Guitar is still the best way to go.

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Great Music, Great Remastering, CD Just Too Short

The wonderful remastering makes for great clarity, and CC's playing has influenced guitarists worldwide for generations. But as a sampler from the Columbia box set, this CD is simply too short -- less than 25 minutes long. Why not put out a "best of" selection filling an entire CD? If you're looking for a one-disk volume of CC, you may not find better sound than this, but you can certainly find a more generous helping of his musical genius.


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 from Tiny Grimes, Barney Kessel, and Herb Ellis, to Wes Montgomery and George...
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The Original Guitar Hero, Charlie Christian
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop, Easy Listening, Swing, Rock
  • Released: Sep 24, 2002

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