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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Altotude - Earl Bostic

Earl Bostic
King Records, Inc. - Cincinnati, Ohio

The set is available from online vendors without the original cover as seen above. The set was later reissued by King (515) featuring new cover art.

From the back cover: Earl was born in Toledo, Ohio (corrected by former owner of the album to "Tulsa, OK"). Becoming interested in music through a friend of his who played in a local orchestra, Earl started playing in the high school band on Booker T. Washington High School in Toledo, and that is the start of what is to become a fabulous musical career. Earl attended Xavier University in New Orleans and most of his musical knowledge was taught to him by a nun there.

Besides being recognized as the top alto man in the music world, Earl is quite an arranger as well as composer. He made his first musical arrangement in high school on "St. Louis Blues" by humming the parts and writing them down. He as composed many of his recorded hits and also such tunes as "Let Me Off Uptown," "The Major And The Minor" and "Brooklyn Boogie" that were recorded by his fellow musician and became big successes.

Earl has played with many great bands – Don Redman, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton to name a few Before forming his present small combo, Bostic did arranging for Louis Prima of rover six years, Lionel Hampton for two years and Jack Teagarden for one year. He made his first recording in 1942 with The Lionel Hampton Sextet where he played alongside such greats as Red Allen, J. C. Higginbotham, Sid Catlett, Teddy Wilson and the great Camp.

East Of The Sun
When Your Lover Has Gone
Bugle Call Rag
Blue Moon
Beyond The Blue Horizon
"Cause You're My Lover
Melody Of Love
Cocktails For Two
I'll String Along With You
I Love You Truly

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