Song of the Day – “Flying Home” – Charlie Christian

Guitars, if they were included in bands of the thirties at all, were considered a rhythm instrument. Chords played on the beat – that is, until Charlie Christian came along. Benny Goodman had the foresight to allow Charlie to get his own solo moments. Here he is with Goodman on clarinet, Lionel Hampton on the vibraphone and Fletcher Henderson on piano. A Hampton/Goodman tune from 1939.

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