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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 of Jimmie's happens at the end of a chorus of "After You've Gone". We're breaking on the I chord into the IV chord at the top of the form. It starts with a Django inspired legato line over the Bb that does a half step approach into each note. He sets up the IV chord by using a combination of a diminished scale and Bb7 arpeggio.