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Charlie Christian was a forerunner in establishing the musical language of bebop.
January 15, 2013 Prior to the advent of electrical amplification, the role of the guitar in jazz was strictly that of a chorded rhythm instrument. But as soon as guitarists could plug into an amplifier, the electric guitar started making its presence felt as an improvisational voice in jazz. Every guitarist now playing owes something to at least one of these pioneering jazz guitarists.
November 19, 2007 Retailers everywhere already have December holiday music playing constantly. Isn't there a soundtrack for the November holiday, too? There is now. Enjoy a cornucopia of jazz that celebrates family, friends and food, featuring Louis Armstrong.
November 7, 2002 Charlie Christian introduced the electric guitar to a wide audience. And even though he died in 1942 at 25, guitar enthusiasts remember his name — and his sound. Now there's a new collection of Christian's work. Tom Vitale reports.
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October 28, 2002 Electric guitar great Charlie Christian; The unnatural sounds of Blip Hop; Reviving the Breton harp with Alan Stivell; A gorgeous new CD from Anouar Brahem; Canadian sisters Tegan and Sara and more.
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