The Hot Box #068 - The Guitar Files - Part 4

In this series of glimpses into the world of jazz guitar, Hot Box 68 finds perhaps the most important guitarist of them all - Charlie Christian. He was born in 1916 and sadly died of tuberculosis when just 25 years old, but he’d already established the amplified guitar as a permanent part of the instrumental repertoire of jazz, and gone part of the way in leading jazz out of the Swing Era and into Bebop and modern jazz.

Other prominent players in the “C” file include Larry Coryell, Steve Cardenas and Philip Catherine.

An hour of guitar with a wide range of styles.

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Track Listing for The Hot Box #068 - The Guitar Files - Part 4

  1. Charlie Christian: Solo Flight from the album Swing to Bop

  2. Larry Coryell: Ballet (the Gary Burton Quartet, from the album Duster)

  3. Eric Clapton with Robert Cray and Buddy Guy: Watch Yourself from the album 24 Nights

  4. Nigel Clark: Paco di Lucia from the album Under the Stars

  5. Nels Cline with Julian Lage: Freesia/The Bond from the album Room

  6. Steve Cardenas: Rootie Tootie (with Kurt Rosenwinkel, from the album Paul Motian’s Electric Band Plays Monk)

  7. Philip Catherine: I Concentrate on You

  8. Philip Catherine: In The Still of The Night - both from the album Plays Cole Porter

  9. Larry Coryell: River Crossing from the album Heavy Feel

  10. Charlie Christian: Swing to Bop and Waiting for Benny both from the album Swing to Bop


Donald Helme
Author: Donald Helme
Donald presented Jazz Alley, Ireland’s number one jazz show, on RTE Lyric FM from the station’s first week on air until the end of 2015. “I am not a musician, and have never pretended to be anything other than a lifetime fan with loads of experience and hopefully, good ears.”
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