Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Bostic Rocks Hits Of The Swing Age


Side One:
01. Southern Fried
02. Jersey Bounce
03. Jumpin' At The Woodside
04. Tuxedo Junction
05. 720 In The Books
06. Air Mail Special

Side Two:
01. Pompton Turnpike
02. Woodchopper's Ball
03. Night Train
04. Stompin' At The Savoy
05. Honeysuckle Rose
06. No Name Jive


1980's reissue of King LP 571 which was originally issued in April 1958. All tracks were recorded in Los Angeles on December 18th and 19th, 1957. Personnel: Earl Bostic (alto sax); Wallace Snow (vibraphone); Ernest Crawford (piano); Tony Rizzi (guitar); Hilmer J. "Tiny" Timbrell (bass); Earl Palmer (drums).

A stereo version of this album was recorded in Cincinnati on April 6th and 7th, 1959, by the following personnel: Earl Bostic (alto sax); Roland Johnson (vibraphone); Claude Jones (piano); Warren Stephens and Allan Seltzer (guitars); Herb Gordy (bass); William Erskine (drums).

I have no issue date for the stereo version. The front cover was the same as the 1958 mono version, with the addition of a bright orange "stereo" sticker.


The above cover scan is from "Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic" where the last post (June 2016) is on the stereo version of "Bostic Rocks Hits Of The Swing Age." The download link is still active and it is well worth grabbing this album as the sound and stereo quality are very good. In addition the download includes front and back cover scans plus label shots. Check it out here:


The post also includes a link to jazz writer and researcher Larry Appelbaum's blog in which Lou Donaldson talks about Earl Bostic. An interesting insight into the standing Bostic had among jazz musicians.

I have one more Earl Bostic LP to post - probably around the weekend as I haven't ripped it yet. In the meantime enjoy both versions of "Bostic Rocks Hits Of The Swing Age."

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