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Swing to Bop: the Music of Charlie Christian, Pioneer of the Electric Guitar (2 by Stan Ayeroff

Stan Ayeroff has given the jazz guitarist a fine collection with this remarkable spiral-bound book, which contains 2 CDs. This work contains the classic solo transcripts. Also included are the jam sessions at Mintons. The Celestial Express Blue Note recordings are included with an in-depth and complete analysis of Charlie Christian's music. John Hammond's spirituals for swing concert are included.

The CDs which accompany this fine collection will enchant the listeners with their sharp and memorable clarity. There is also a cover photo of Charlie Christian from the collection of Duncan Scheidt.

There is a biography of Stan Ayeroff. Additional information includes a discography with the recording dates and available websites. On page 234 is the track listings for the music found on the 2 CDs.

The introduction is followed by a basics section which covers scales and arpeggios. The explanation and examples of terms and abbreviations used in the analysis section is given and an interesting section on blues lines is included for reference. Sections covering additional concepts including position shifts and transitions advanced analysis among other topics are given.

Analysis of the transcribed Charlie Christian solos makes for interesting reading. Among the songs given are "Rose Room" "Honeysuckle Rose" "Good Morning Blues" "Oh Lady Be Good" "I Got Rhythm" and "Up On Teddy's Hill." "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" on page 179 will be enjoyable guitar playing for those who like an interesting take on this old classic standard!

The transcribed solos include many playing selections. Among the songs are found such works as "Swing the Bop" "The Sheik of Araby" and "Riffin Around."

For the jazz guitarist interested in the work of Charlie Christian this is the book to come to! A great item for the home library and to have your local librarian place in the library for its jazz patrons. Highly recommended guide to the work of Charlie Christian it will give much playing enjoyment and reveal guitar style knowledge of one the giants of jazz guitar.

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Swing to Bop: the Music of Charlie Christian, Pioneer of the Electric Guitar (2
  • Author: Stan Ayeroff
  • Publisher: Mel Bay
  • Year Published: 2005
  • Book Type:: Musical Instruction
  • ISBN: 786673192
  • Rating: Five Stars
  • Number of Pages: 239
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