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The title track alone makes the rest of the album worth hearing. Bostic played "Harlem Nocturne" in a dynamic, almost mystical way, retaining the song's blues feeling but also giving it a spirituality and air that many others never injected.

Biography

Born: 25 April 1913 in Tulsa, OK

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Alto saxophonist Earl Bostic was a technical master of his instrument, yet remained somewhat underappreciated by jazz fans due to the string of simple, popular R&B/jump blues hits he recorded during his heyday in the '50s. Born Eugene Earl Bostic in Tulsa, OK, on April 25, 1913, Bostic played around the Midwest during the early '30s, studied at Xavier University, and toured with several bands before moving to New York in 1938. There he played for Don Redman, Edgar Hayes, and Lionel Hampton, making...
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