[JPL] Boots Randolph in hospital

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Boots Randolph in hospital...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Saxophone player Boots Randolph was hospitalized in
critical condition Wednesday in Nashville.
Officials at Skyline Medical Center said Randolph's family had asked that no
other information be released about him other than to ask for prayers.

The 80-year-old Randolph is best known for his 1963 hit "Yakety Sax," which
became the theme song for the TV show "The Benny Hill Show" more than two
decades after the tune was released.

He had been a top Nashville session musician, playing with dozens of
recording artists, including Elvis Presley.

Randolph performed regularly in Nashville nightclubs for 30 years until the

Boots Randolph A Whole New Ballgame Zoho Music 200706 Street Date: June 12,
Boots Randolph tenor sax, Roddy Smith guitars, Steve Willets piano, Tim
Smith bass, Ray Von Rotz drums & percussion, Jason Webb ­ keyboard strings,
Mark Stallings ­ Hammond B 3

CD Review: http://ejazznews.com/

Glenn Astarita

CD-2007 Zoho Music

It certainly is a whole new ballgame for legendary Kentucky-reared
saxophonist Boots Randolph. Known for his 1963 mega, pop hit ³Yakety Sax,²
and stints with Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash amid a who¹s who list of
country, pop and jazz luminaries, the artist tackles mainstream jazz with a
countrified, R&B flair on this rather eventful outing.

Randolph summons a good-timey emotive aspect while occasionally blowing
walls down via his husky, fluent and vibrato tinged tenor sax choruses. And
in true jazz fashion the artist provides ample soloing space for his band
via an abundance of briskly enacted swing motifs. The saxophonist¹s deep and
resonating tone on Charlie Parker¹s classic ³Billy¹s Bounce,² rides atop a
buoyant and rather temperate mid-tempo bop vamp, accentuated by his fluid
unison runs with pianist Steve Willets. But during the song¹s bridge, the
leader morphs a high-octane bop vibe into a toe-tapping, boogie undercurrent
while sustaining the tune¹s primary element.

Drummer Ray Von Rotz¹ polyrhythmic solo launches a torrid swing
reconstruction of the baseball anthem, ³Take Me Out To The Ballgame.² And
toss in a few sweet and sassy ballads -- complemented by Jason Webb¹s sugary
keyboard strings -- Randolph seamlessly provides a top-caliber outing where
chops, technique and gusto yield entertaining results. Ever the artisan,
Randolph evokes lucid imagery with passionate soloing. And check out his
after-hours -- close the joint down -- spin on the standard, ³You¹ll Never
Know.² In sum, Boots kicks out the proverbial jams on this most appealing
studio date. ­ Glenn Astarita

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