At Nola Studios in NYC on February 25, 2013, the legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and I recorded and filmed my interpretation of Charlie Christian's epic improvised masterpiece "Swing to Bop." A rich repository of brilliant phrasing and thematic development, "Swing to Bop" is a veritable lexicon of the classic jazz guitar language.
As one of the first masters of the electric guitar, Charlie Christian has had a dominant influence on subsequent jazz guitarists such as Barney Kessel, Jim Hall, Herb Ellis, and many others. While a fine work on it's own, "Swing to Bop" -- recorded live at a jam session at Minton's in Harlem in 1941 -- is also valuable as a compendium of Mr. Christian's musical ideas which the improvising musician can quote directly or use as a point of departure for his or her own variations.
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