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When he began playing melodic, single-string solos on an amplified guitar, Charlie Christian caused a guitar revolution, elevating the instrument from its traditionally background position onto center stage, and charting a new musical course from which jazz is still flowing.
"Solo Flight" traces the life and music of one of the greatest sculptors of jazz. We journey to the heart of Texas where Christian was born in 1919, and to Oklahoma City where he made his first musical mark. Along theway we gather precious recollections from the musicians and the communities that witnessed Christian's prodigious beginnings.
We then follow the evolution of his career to his legendary tenure with the Benny Goodman Sextet, and on to the late-night sessions at Minton's Harlem with Dizzy, Kenny Clarke, Thelonious Monk and Bird, where we explore Christian's essential contribution to the birth of Bebop.
V.I.E.W. Video is proud to present this poignant, in-depth account of an extraordinary guitarists, whose innovations outlasted his all-too-brief career, continuing to reverberate in the sound of jazz guitar to this very day.
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(Gary) Rhodes was able to piece together Christian’s truncated but significant life. ...this is a worthy project. -- L.A. Jazz Scene- Scott Yanow
An excellent biography of a lesser-known but extremely important jazz musician who sculpted the style of the modern electric guitar. -- Booklist- James Scholtz
definitely increases the amount of information available regarding him...The video also dismisses some of the unfounded beliefs... -- Cadence Magazine- Dave McElfresh
traces the life/music of one of the great sculptors of jazz...technical-qualities of these video-recordings are as flawless as the music -- The Midwest Book Review
...a poignant, in depth account of an extraordinary jazz guitarist...Christian caused a guitar revolution that has lasted to this day. -- The Sun Sentinel- Marvin Randolph
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