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Some guitar giants' contributions were almost lost forever. It’s a crime or a gift depending on your outlook on life that Jimmie Rivers only left us with one record. Jimmie was a brilliant country jazz player who had offers to play with Spade Cooley and Bob Wills, but turned them down because he was making more money leading his own band. The record Brisbane Bop is a collection of live recordings of Jimmie Rivers and The Cherokees spanning over three years at the 23 Club in the bay area. His bop lines are melodic, thoughtful and burning fast.
This lick comes from Jimmie's cover of an Artie Shaw tune called "Back Bay Shuffle". It's over a I chord, starting by very clearly outline a major 7th arpeggio, and uses chromatic passing tones to connect arpeggio notes. It ends with a line that hints at a diminished arpeggio.