This is the earliest known recording of Charlie Christian’s Solo Flight guitar concerto. It was broadcast
only one day prior to the famed studio recordings of the tune. A couple of sections shorter than the other
three extant versions, in a way it’s the most enjoyable due to the absence of a strident clarinet marring the
event – singularly four delightful demi-choruses (plus intro and tag) of Charles’ incomparable guitar improvisation
and some finely arranged orchestration.
A simplified orchestral interpretation is included in this transcription.
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Solo Flight recording