Many of the radio stations during 1955-1956 were featuring Rhythm & Blues music along with various popular commercial artists that were on the Hit Parade of listings standard songs.
I discovered one of the instrumental favorites recorded by saxophonist Sil Austin. It was an original composition named “Slow Walk." This instrumental was my introduction to the playing talent of Sil Austin, early in my career. It was many years later when my colleague; Lew Entin of Lew Entin Theatrical Agency in New York, Las Vegas, and Florida brought this interesting fact to my attention.
Sil Austin was a native of Florida and won the Ted Mack Amateur Hour in 1945. Lew also had the opportunity to schedule him to perform at various clubs and musical productions throughout many auditoriums & Jazz clubs in the South and the East Coast. Sil Austin’s recording of the standard song “Danny Boy” was his signature style of playing a ballad along with his rendition of “Slow Walk” for Mercury Records. During his career, he recorded more than 30 albums and singles. Lew Entin also mentioned that Sil Austin was influenced by Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Sonny Stitt. A brief list of the names of my favorite albums recorded by Sil Austin.