Note: This review covers the four-disk sets The Complete Studio Recordings and The Complete Live Recordings.
Charlie Christian is often described as the first great electric guitar soloist, but he was more. Together with Lester Young, Nat Cole, Coleman Hawkins, and Roy Eldridge he paved the way for bebop by stretching swing era rhythmic and harmonic concepts. He conceived wonderfully imaginative solos with a single-note, saxophone-like attack,
often accenting in unexpected places and creating lines with unusual intervals. Christian had ...