The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 233


Today is instrumentals day, because they deserve more exposure than being the background music of my talking. And in today's set one of the great and influential pioneers on the electrical guitar - Charlie Christian. In the short time he played in the band of Benny Goodman and with the beboppers in Minton's Playhouse, he proved to be extremely important for the development of playing the amped guitar. Unfortunately, tuberculosis killed him at the age of 25.

There's more - the man who claimed to have invented jazz and the pianist of Al Capone - all in a set with instrumentals from the roaring twenties to the rocking fifties.



  1. Gone Allstars - Hoppin' Bop
  2. Griffin Brothers - Shuffle Bug
  3. Jack McVea - Tatoe Pie
  4. Wild Bill Moore - Top And Bottom
  5. Tiny Grimes & his Rocking Highlanders - Rockin' And Sockin'
  6. Todd Rhodes - Belle Isle Boogie
  7. Jack McVea - Blackout Boogie
  8. Lucky Millinder - Little John Special
  9. Tiny Bradshaw - Choice
  10. Benny Goodman feat. Charlie Christian - Solo Flight
  11. Blanche Calloway - I Gotta Swing
  12. Carolina Cotton Pickers - Marie
  13. Nate Leslie - Shake Yo' Bones
  14. Earl 'Fatha' Hines - Blue Drag
  15. Fletcher Henderson - What Good Am I Without You
  16. Jelly Roll Morton Trio - Wolverine Blues
  17. Tiny Parham And His Musicians - Sud Buster's Dream


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Charlie Christian - Swing to Bop
  • Hen Gates & his Gaters - Moondog Rock
  • Lloyd Glenn - Chica Boo
  • Lucky Millinder - Apollo Jump
  • Plas Johnson - Downstairs
  • Richard M. Jones - Hot And Ready