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EARL BOSTIC!<BR>Autographed 10" King LP from Early 1950s

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"Earl Bostic and His Alto Sax" LP 295-72, 10" LP, early 1950s, mono deep groove.

Signed on front, "Best Wishes to Georgia and Mick/ Earl Bostic"

Condition of vinyl and jacket are VG-. Lower seam of jacket is split.

More early rock and roll than jazz, Bostic's sound was nevertheless very influential on many bebop and modern jazz performers. In fact, one of John Coltrane's first gigs was as a sideman to Bostic.

A brief bio of Bostic from AMG appears below.

Earl Bostic's roots and foundation were steeped in jazz and swing, but he later became one of the most prolific R&B bandleaders. His searing, sometimes bluesy, sometimes soft and moving, alto-sax style influenced many players, including John Coltrane. His many King releases, which featured limited soloing and basic melodic and rhythmic movements, might have fooled novices into thinking Bostic possessed minimal skills; but Art Blakey once said, "Nobody knew more about the saxophone than Bostic, I mean technically, and that includes Bird." Bostic worked in several Midwest bands during the early '30s, then studied at Xavier University. He left school to tour with various groups, among them a band co-led by Charlie Creath and Fate Marable. He moved to New York in the late '30s, where he was a soloist in the bands of Don Redman, Edgar Hayes, and Lionel Hampton. Bostic also led his own combos, whose members included Jimmy Cobb, Al Casey, Blue Mitchell, Stanley Turrentine, Benny Golson and Coltrane. Bostic toured extensively through the '50s, while cutting numerous sessions for King. His recording of "Flamingo" in 1951 was a huge hit, as were the songs "Sleep," "You Go to My Head," "Cherokee," and "Temptation." Bostic recorded for Allegro, Gotham and King from the late '40s to the mid-'60s. He made more than 400 selections for King; the label would use stereo remakes of songs with different personnel, then use the same album numbers. After a heart attack, Bostic became a part-time player. His mid-'60s albums were more soul-jazz than R&B. Several of his King LPs are available on CD. -- Ron Wynn and Michael Erlewine, All Music Guide

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