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EARL BOSTIC - Flamingo 1943 -1959

EARL BOSTIC - Flamingo 1943 -1959
£12.99
CD / Product Number: RTR4211

This centenary tribute is the finest single CD now available of the fabulously unique alto sax sound of Earl Bostic, playing both RB and standards. Earl Bostic (1913-1965) has carved a special niche for himself in the annals of great saxophone-players. Always a brilliant technician, from a background of playing in, and arranging for, jazz big-bands such as Lionel Hampton’s, he led a group that achieved great success playing Rhythm Blues. He went on to become a household name when he took popular standards and gave them a hard-driving RB edge, as with the lilting Latin number he took for his million-selling signature tune, Flamingo. It was Bostic’s alto that inspired all those later distinctively honking RB saxes.
The 27 tracks of Earl Bostic plays Flamingo presents a selection of the best of his RB and then rather more of the best of his versions of standards, for which he is most famous. The RB greats include Eight Forty-Five Stomp, That’s The Groovy Thing, Don’t You Do It, The Major AndThe Minor, Earl Blows A Fuse and his big hit version of Sleep. Among the many standards getting the invigorating Bostic treatment is, of course, his other major chart success, Temptation, as well as Cherokee, Moonglow, Lover Come Back To Me, The Man I Love and many more. Even Schubert’s Serenade emerges in a bracing new guise!
Earl Bostic was an inspiration for several later tenor sax masters who can be heard in his band on this CD, from Don Byas to John Coltrane, Benny Golson and Stanley Turrentine.

Description

1. Flamingo
2. The Man I Love
3. The Major And The Minor
4. That’s The Groovy Thing
5. Eight Forty-Five Stomp
6. Temptation
7. Earl Blows A Fuse
8. Serenade
9. Seven Steps
10. Don’t You Do It
11. Sleep
12. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
13. The Moon Is Low
14. Lover, Come Back To Me
15. Moonglow
16. Ain’t Misbehavin’
17. You Go To My Head
18. Cherokee
19. Steam Whistle Jump
20. The Very Thought Of You
21. What, No Pearls?
22. Deep Purple
23. Off Shore
24. Night And Day
25. When Your Lover Has Gone
26. Remember?
27. Harlem Nocturne