Earl Bostic 1954-1955

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  • Released: June 19, 2007
  • Label: Classics R&B


  • 1.There Is No Greater Love
  • 2.Oh Baby
  • 3.Blue Skies
  • 4.Mambostic
  • 5.Ven-A-Mi
  • 6.Time on My Hands
  • 7.Mambolino
  • 8.These Foolish Things
  • 9.Ubangi Stomp
  • 10.Song of the Islands
  • 11.Cherry Bean
  • 12.Liberstraum
  • 13.Night and Day
  • 14.Embraceable You
  • 15.Sweet Lorraine
  • 16.I Solemny Swear
  • 17.It's Strange But True
  • 18.Cocktails for Two
  • 19.Blue Moon
  • 20.When Your Love Has Gone
  • 21.Remember
  • 22.Melody of Love

Product Description:

Personnel: Earl Bostic (alto saxophone); Earl Bostic (unknown instrument); Jimmy Shirley (guitar); Stanley Turrentine, Benny Golson (tenor saxophone); Ledridge Morris, Johnny Coles, Elmon Wright, Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Mitchell "Tiny" Webb, Stash O'Laughlin (piano); Teddy Charles (vibraphone); Granville T. Hogan (drums).
Additional personnel: Bob Bustamente, Bill Gallardo, Jose Mendoza (percussion); Eldridge Morris, Celia Lopez, Mitchell 'Tiny' Webb, Granville T. Hogan, George Tucker, Stash O'Laughlin, Jimmy Shirley, Johnny Coles, Stanley Turrentine, Teddy Charles, Benny Golson, Elmon Wright, Blue Mitchell (unknown instrument).
Liner Note Author: Dave Penny.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (05/27/1954-01/27/1955); New York, NY (05/27/1954-01/27/1955).
Arranger: Earl Bostic.
Although little appreciated by jazz critics because of his smoothed-out jump blues and R&B leanings, alto saxophonist Earl Bostic always made sure he had great young players in his groups, and such future jazz notables as John Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine and Jaki Byard all did valuable apprentice work in Bostic bands. Bostic knew how to put food on the table, and his deliberately simple arrangements were perfect for the middle of the road audiences of the day. Bostic also recognized quickly the potential of the LP when it began to emerge in the early 1950s, and his conceptually-themed albums (Earl Bostic Plays Old Standards etc.) took full advantage of the available time and space the medium afforded. This set, the fifth in Classics' chronological survey of Bostic's complete recorded output, covers May 1954 through January 1955, a time when he was still signed to King Records (his contract with King had begun much earlier in 1948). It features the usual assortment of Tin Pan Alley and swing era standards given simplified rearrangements with just enough jump blues oomph to make them danceable. Also here are a couple of smoothed-out mambos ("Mambostic" and "Mambolino") and a pumped up version of Liszt's "Lieberstraum," all of which indicate Bostic's underlying versatility. He knew what he was doing and he knew where the money was, and he also knew with certainty that jazz critics weren't going to pay his bills. As it was, Bostic's work with King functioned as a halfway bridge between the intellectual leanings of jazz and bop and the more commercially viable beat and stomp of R&B, a kind of proto-soul-jazz template done a decade or more before such a thing even had a name. ~ Steve Leggett

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  • UPC: 826596044026
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