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R&B Pioneer Paul Bascomb


Paul Bascomb, a prominent figure in the transition from big band swing to rhythm and blues on the tenor saxophone, made significant contributions to jazz.

His career, marked by a distinct sound and style, showcases his journey from the Earl Hines Orchestra to leading his own groups. Bascomb’s recordings, especially his R&B work in the late 1940s and early 1950s, highlight his mastery and influence in saxophone performance.

With hits like “More Blues – More Beat” and “Pink Cadillac,” was well respected by his contemporaries. Despite playing with such greats as Count Basie, Billie Holliday and Dinah Washington, Bascomb never achieved the widespread fame and recognition that he likely deserved.

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