Boots Randolph - Some Favorite Songs

Best known for his famous cornball hit “Yakety Sax” and for his contributions to country records, Boots Randolph was born as Homer Louis Randolph III. in 1927. After learning the tenor and serving in the Army (where he played in a service band), he worked in the Midwest for a decade. In the late 1950s, Randolph moved to Nashville where he became a very busy session musician and was signed to RCA by Chet Atkins. His albums sold well, Randolph appeared on around 250 sessions a year at his peak, and he had his own club. His large tone was always in great demand.

Late in life, Randolph showed that he was a masterful jazz player. Some Favorite Songs, his definitive jazz recording, was recorded in 2005 when he was 78. Randolph plays 15 standards and a blues accompanied by his regularly working band.  Influenced by Coleman Hawkins and Illinois Jacquet, the extroverted tenor is heard in top form on such numbers as an uptempo “Take Me Out To The Ballroom,” “Stompin' At The Savoy” and “Red Sails In The Sunset’.” Some Favorite Songs shows that there was a lot more to Boots Randolph than “Yakety Sax.”


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I'm Beginning to See the Light Billie's Bounce I'll Be Seeing You Take Me Out to the Ballgame Candy Basically Blues Round Midnight Dream Dancing Stompin' at the Savoy Cry Me a River L-O-V-E You'll Never Know I'll Walk Alone As Time Goes By Red Sails in the Sunset Embraceable You

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Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Boots Randolph
Instruments Music and Musicians
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Accompanist/ Conductor guitarist Roddy Smith, bassist Tim Smith, drummer Ray VonRotz,
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"Boots Toots!"Review by Big Toots
IC 1014 Some Favorite Songs Boots Randolph

The great Bebop saxophonist, Richie Cole once said that there were three other musicians with whom he wanted to record – Mantovani (he didn’t), Sonny Stitt (he did) and – surprise! – “Boots” Randolph (he definitely did!). That’s very high praise. Part of that interest in Randolph was due to Cole’s appreciation of the “Yakety Sax” man’s ability to cover diverse material and do it with flair and youthful enthusiasm.

With “Some Favorite Songs” Randolph launches on a 16-tune tour of the Great American Songbook. And, while he might not be the straight-ahead Bopper Cole that is, on this effort Randolph holds his own stretching out and demonstrating that he can also deliver a melody with class, great feeling, and plenty of spirit. By the way, Randolph was near 80 when he recorded this. He had great fun, as you can hear.

Randolph is on tenor throughout the session. His sound is full, confident and, as such emanates directly from the Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster schools. His is a smoother than smooth approach, in some ways reminiscent of Scott Hamilton (although not as lithe). Boots lets the melody speak primarily for itself, with only minor embellishments. He’s loyal to the tunes. Randolph’s ballad chops are in fine shape and synth strings appear and are incorporated on a number of ballad selections to support Randolph’s “big” tenor (“I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Cry Me a River,” “As Time Goes By”). It’s a nice touch. Boots, taking a bit of a Bopper’s chance, does a little Bird, Monk and overall jazz appreciation here, too (“Billie’s Bounce,” ”’Round Midnight,” and “Stompin’ at the Savoy”). He covers them adequately well.

The rhythm section supports exceptionally well (although Ray von Rotz’s bass drumming on all four beats is a little ponderous). Guitarist Roddy Smith demos country-sound roots and pianist Steve Willets comps and solos with spirit.

With an illustrious performing and recording career that spanned decades, those in the know knew that Randolph was more than a one-hit wonder and slapstick sound clip on “The Benny Hill Show.” After all, who else recorded with Richie Cole, RECO Speedwagon, and Elvis. Ponder that and tune in here. You’ll see why.
(Posted on 5/12/2015)
Boots Randolph: Some Favorite SongsReview by Simon Sez
In a word association game, the name Boots Randolph would have to be followed by “Yakety Sax.” That cornball record made him famous and led many to write off Randolph as a bit of a hack. He was actually a very busy studio musician in Nashville and appeared on a zillion other sessions but will always be best known for that one hit.
However late in life, probably when he felt he could finally afford it, Boots Randolph recorded some very good jazz albums, playing tenor a bit like Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. To the surprise of those who heard them, Randolph’s later records were swinging and filled with hot versions of standards. Some Favorite Songs, one of his very best jazz albums, has him playing such tunes as “Stompin’ At The Savoy,” “Take Me Out to The Ballgame” (which works really well) and “Candy.” Fortunately “Yakety Sax” is not here!

Simon Sez: Boots Randolph on Some Favorite Songs (IC1014) shows that he was a very talented jazz tenor-saxophonist, not just Mr. Yakety Sax!
(Posted on 5/6/2014)

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