no Charlie Christian solos on this take, however. he can be
heard noodling around for about ten seconds before the start of this short
This partial of I Surrender, Dear was a track released in the
2002 box set containing virtually all of Charlie Christian’s Columbia studio
recordings. It caught the guitarist freely trying out some innovative
improvisations just before a sextet rehearsal take. Much insight into his
thinking can be gained listening to this type of impromptu enterprise.
The tempo in the transcription is a close approximation of the cadence in
Charles’ loose ad-libs. The barlines are a bit of a SWAG placed in the
transcript to provide a sense of visual balance.
studio chatter, guitar improv, ensemble melody: