Solo Flight: The Genius of Charlie Christian

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When he bagan playing melodic singlestring solos on an amplified guitar, Charlie Christian caused a guitar revolution, elevating the instrument front and center from its traditionally background position, and charting a new musical course from which jazz is still flowing. Solo Flight traces the life and music of Christian from Texas, where he was born in 1919 to Oklahoma City where he made his first musical mark, to his legendary tenure with the Benny Goodman Sextet and his night sessions at Minton's in Harlem with Dizzy, Kenny Clarke, Thelonious Monk and Bird where we explore Christian's essential contribution to the birth of bebop, B&W, (31 minutes).