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    Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

    King Curtis - Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

    2000 | Ace Records Uk 

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      HOT SAX COOL LICKS

      01/01/2003

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    All Music Guide Review

    Here's a complete summary of Curtis' sessions as a soloist for Atlantic in the late '50s. It includes not only the tracks he cut under his own name for both the 45 and long-playing formats, but also five previously unissued songs, and three hits he played on as a session man (the Coasters' "Yakety Yak" and "That Is Rock & Roll," and Chuck Willis' "What Am I Living For?"). Curtis' playing on these is very good, cementing his standing as perhaps the finest rock saxophonist of the time. It also shows more versatility than he was able to convey with the famous trademark stuttering style that was heard on solos such as the one he played for the Coasters' "Yakety Yak." What keeps this from being that great a CD, though, is the failing common to many instrumental rock collections: The songs are not terribly strong or varied. Many of these are pretty basic R&B-rock crossover workouts (sometimes with a calypso beat), though they do benefit from support by noted sidemen, including guitarists Jimmy Spruill, Mickey Baker, and Al Casey; drummer Panama Francis; and tenor saxophonist Noble Watts. The 1958 single "Castle Rock" is the best track, with a jazzy beat, hot Casey solos, and drum solos on the order of Cozy Cole's "Topsy II." Curtis does get a chance to stretch into relatively straight jazz occasionally (as on the previously unissued "Splankin'"). The 1958 single "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)" makes its first appearance on a reissue here, though as a jazz ballad with female vocals that seem to be backgrounds missing a lead, it's one of his worst records. [This U.K. import is not available for sale in North America.] ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

    Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace) Track Listing

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  • Title
  • time
  • 3
  • Yakety Yak
  • 1:52
  • Sound Clip for Yakety Yak from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 7
  • Ific
  • 2:03
  • Sound Clip for Ific from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 8
  • Castle Rock
  • 2:10
  • Sound Clip for Castle Rock from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 9
  • Chili
  • 2:08
  • Sound Clip for Chili from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 10
  • Train Song
  • 2:20
  • Sound Clip for Train Song from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 11
  • Splankin'
  • 2:39
  • Sound Clip for Splankin' from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 12
  • Peter Gun
  • 2:56
  • Sound Clip for Peter Gun from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 13
  • Linda
  • 3:14
  • Sound Clip for Linda from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 14
  • Lil' Brother
  • 4:54
  • Sound Clip for Lil' Brother from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 15
  • Cuban Twilight
  • 2:51
  • Sound Clip for Cuban Twilight from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 17
  • Heavenly Blues
  • 2:32
  • Sound Clip for Heavenly Blues from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 18
  • Chains
  • 2:28
  • Sound Clip for Chains from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 21
  • Groove
  • 3:12
  • Sound Clip for Groove from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 22
  • Snake Eyes
  • 3:00
  • Sound Clip for Snake Eyes from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 23
  • Jaywalk
  • 4:17
  • Sound Clip for Jaywalk from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 24
  • The Shake
  • 2:43
  • Sound Clip for The Shake from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

  • 25
  • Midnight Ramble
  • 2:32
  • Sound Clip for Midnight Ramble from Hot Sax, Cool Licks (Ace)

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