Rosa King - King Of The Train

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: STS Digital

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On this CD, you will find an old analogue nine-track recording from Rosa King who has lived in Holland for a very...


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On this CD, you will find an old analogue nine-track recording from Rosa King who has lived in Holland for a very long time.

Rosa Irene King was an American jazz- and blues saxophonist and singer who was born in Amsterdam and has recorded a large number of albums under different labels. Rosa King was a mother figure for many young female jazz artists such as the trumpet player Saskia Laroo and saxophonist Candy Dulfer. Her game was rough, unpolished and original. Her vocals were extremely powerful, pure and with her own blues sound.

Album: Rosa King - King Of The Train
Label: STS Digital - 61111112
Format: CD, Album
Country: Netherlands
Released: 2022
Genre: Jazz
Style: Soul-Jazz, Easy Listening


1 Catch 22 5:55
2 When Love Is Gone 3:39
3 Digging Them Potatoes 3:26
4 Come In, Sit Down 4:50
5 It’s Over 3:53
6 No Time To Stop Around 3:17
7 Bayerischer Hof 5:50
8 I Keep Hurting 6:12
9 Still Going Strong 3:29

Sound Engineer: Fritz de With, Mastering Engineer: Arjan Rietvink
Graphic Design: Prepress de Ridder - Vincent de Ridder, MW Coding Process: Fritz de With.

King was 14 when she started dancing, and when she was 17 she started working at Charles Taylor & The Bronze Mannikens. The group had a show that travelled through the southern United States.

She came to New York and had several jobs such as a waitress and taxi driver, she was also still a dancer. She bought one guitar and taught himself to play the guitar. Eddie Coombs heard her play and invited King to play in his band. Later she left the band and taught herself saxophone and drums to play. She played for others like Little Richard, Cab Calloway, Ben E. King and Lionel Hampton. She got her own band and came to Amsterdam with a soul show. She left New York and moved to Amsterdam. Rainer Black ( bass player ) - who had seen her play in Amsterdam - wanted to bond with her and that is how Rosa King & Upside Down was born. The strength of the band was that they always had a big party while playing at festivals and concerts.

In 1978 King became known nationwide for having a saxophone battle with Stan Getz, Archie Shepp, Illinois Jacquet, Fathead Newman, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and David Murray.

King & Upside Down played all over Europe and they have nine times at it North Sea Jazz Festival played. In 1981 she spent two months in New York working with the band in a club, but King wanted to travel and tour again and came back to Europe. King's band often became a stepping stone for a great career, examples of which are Candy Dulfer, Saskia Laroo, Alex Britti, Roger Happel, Stephan Jankowski, Olaf Keus, PennyLeen Krebbers, and Oscar Kraal.

The year before her death, King returned to her country of origin to play with Joseph Layden and Eric Layden ( guitar and bass ) respectively, Kristina Beaty ( vocals and violin ) and Dan Walker ( keyboards ).

That year she also played at a large jazz festival in South Africa and various dates in the Netherlands for her last performance in Italy. The last performance was a big reunion with her former guitarist Alex Britti in a national television concert with almost 100,000 people. She suffered a heart attack during the performance and died in the hospital there.

Album Available In Physical Formats:

Reel LPR35 Tape, 15 ips, ¼", 2-Track Stereo, 10.5" NAB Reel, CCIR Or NAB Equalization
Reel LPR35 Tape, 7 ½ ips, ¼", 2-Track Stereo, 7" Cine Reel, NAB Equalization
CD, Stereo, Album

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Rosa King - King Of The Train

£19.95 £24.95