Charlie Christian is regarded by many
jazz historians as one of the major voices who shaped modern jazz in
the early 1940s. Although he made only a few records before his tragic
death at age 25, his brilliant improvisations, phenomenal rhythmic
drive, and blues-influenced guitar playing had already changed the
course of jazz – and the guitar's place in jazz – for all time. The
first major soloist on the electric guitar, Christian elevated the
instrument from its meager role in the rhythm section to a spirited
force to be reckoned with. Updated and expanded, Peter Broadbent's first edition of this book details the full importance of Christian's
brief life, from the start of his fortuitous encounter with John
Hammond, to his role in the Benny Goodman Big Band and Sextet.
Illustrated throughout with great photos and important documents, the
book also features an authoritative discography. A must-read for
anyone interested in the history of jazz and the jazz guitar.
This is the First Edition published in 1997 and is new condition.