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Eugene Earl Bostic April 25, — October 28,  was an American jazz alto saxophonist and a pioneer of the post-war American rhythm and blues style.
He had a number of popular hits such as "Flamingo"" Harlem Nocturne ", "Temptation", "Sleep", "Special Delivery Stomp" and " Where or When ", which On The Cut - Bomb The Bass - Into The Dragon showed off his characteristic growl on the horn. He was a major influence on John Coltrane. Bostic was born in in TulsaOklahoma. Before that he performed with Fate Marable on New Orleans riverboats.
Bostic graduated from Xavier University in New Orleans. Inand inBostic led the house band at Smalls Paradise. During the early s, he was a well-respected regular at the famous jam sessions held at Minton's Playhouse. He formed his own band in and made the first recordings under his own name for the Majestic label.
He turned to rhythm and blues in the late s. These recordings allowed Bostic to stretch out beyond the three-minute limit imposed by the 45 RPM format. Bostic was pleased with the sessions, which highlight his total mastery of the blues but they also foreshadowed musical advances that were later evident in the work of John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy. During the early s Bostic lived with his wife in Addisleigh Park in St.
Albans, Queensin New York City, where many other jazz stars made their home. Bostic died on October 28, from a heart attack in Rochester, New Yorkwhile performing with his band. Honorary pallbearers at the funeral included Slappy White and Louis Prima. Bostic was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in Coltrane told Down Beat magazine in that Bostic "showed me a lot of things on my horn. He has fabulous technical facilities on his instrument and knows many a trick.
Bostic's early jazz solos bear similarity to Benny Carter's long flowing lines. Other influences on Bostic include European concert music, bebop and the sounds Earl Bostic - Musical Pearls By Bostic with his Oklahoma roots.
Bostic admitted that he was interested in selling records and he went as far as to write out his popular solos note for note in order to please his admiring fans during concerts. Nonetheless, Bostic was always ready to improvise brilliantly during his live performances.
He was famous as a peerless jammer who held his own against Charlie Empty Saddles - Johnnie Ray - The Johnny Ray Collection. The alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson recalled seeing Parker get burned by Bostic during Earl Bostic - Musical Pearls By Bostic such jam session at Minton's. Donaldson said that Bostic "was the greatest saxophone player I ever knew. Bostic was down at Minton's and Charlie Parker came Earl Bostic - Musical Pearls By Bostic there.
Now you'd see him, we'd run up there and think that we're going to blow him out, and he'd make you look like a fool. Cause he'd play three octaves, louder, stronger and faster.
Working with Bostic was like attending a university of the saxophone. When Coltrane played with Bostic, I know he learned a lot. Bostic was able to play melodies in the altissimo range with perfect execution. He could play wonderfully in any key at any tempo over any changes.
Benny Golsonwho called Bostic "the best technician I ever heard in my life," mentioned that "He could start from the bottom of the horn and skip over notes, voicing it up the horn like a guitar would. He had circular breathing before I even knew what circular breathing was — we're talking about the early 50s. He had innumerable ways of playing one particular note.
He could double tongue, triple tongue. It was incredible what he could do, and he helped me by showing me many technical things. Bostic was a master of the blues and he used this skill in a variety of musical settings. Compositions such as "The Major and the Minor" and "Earl's Imagination" display a solid knowledge of harmony. His live performances provided an opportunity for a departure from his commercial efforts and those who witnessed these shows remember him driving audiences into a frenzy with dazzling technical displays.
Always Earl Bostic - Musical Pearls By Bostic consummate showman, he appeared on the Soupy Sales TV show and danced the "Soupy Shuffle" better than Soupy while playing Visions Of Endless Hopes - Be Bop Deluxe - Futurist Manifesto - The Harvest Years 1974 - 1978 saxophone.
During the late s Bostic changed his style in a successful attempt to reach a wider audience. The new sound incorporated his unmistakable rasp or growl,shorter lines than in his jazz based recordings,emphasis on a danceable back beat and a new way of wringing" The addition of Gene Redd on vibes in rounded out the Bostic sound and he used the vibes on his major hits such as "Flamingo" in The version of "Where or When" features Bostic Earl Bostic - Musical Pearls By Bostic through the mid-range of the instrument behind a heavy backbeat and loud bass and it is a marked departure from his approach to the same tune recorded on Gotham in which showed off his sweet "singing' in the upper register with barely audible percussion.
Bostic proved that saxophone instrumentals could climb the hit charts and other saxists with hits including Boots Randolph and Stanley Turrentine have acknowledged his influence. In Backstage Bugs - 4 Promille - Vinyl (Vinyl, Album) Bostic was voted No.
In Augusthe performed at the Earl Bostic - Musical Pearls By Bostic Playboy Jazz Festival in Chicago on the same bill as the major jazz stars of the time. Bostic discussed his approach to improvising in an interview with Kurt Mohr. I like the basic blues The blues Stephanie Mills - Youre Puttin A Rush On Me it all; basic rhythmic quality, genuine lyric content,essential and basic chord structure and maybe above all else, personality.
Blues and jazz are inseparable. Bostic's recording career was diverse and it included small group swing-based jazz, big band jazz, jump blues, organ-based combos and a string of commercial successes. Sources:     . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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