Alfonso King

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While a trombonist active on the classic jazz scene of the '40s was sometimes credited as Alfonso King, sometimes as just plain Al King, it was the same loud brassman contributing to the wildness of the…
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While a trombonist active on the classic jazz scene of the '40s was sometimes credited as Alfonso King, sometimes as just plain Al King, it was the same loud brassman contributing to the wildness of the Arnett Cobb band as well as the sweet sonic scent of flowers in Ella Fitzgerald's basket. He should not be confused with enough instrumentalists with this name or other variants thereof to permanently crown either the Cobb or Fitzgerald band on a good day. A trumpeter named Al King was favored by the Crosby brothers, in later fusion years a percussionist by this name wiggled his flexitone behind trumpeter Tom Browne, and tenor saxophonist Lester Young enjoyed some walking basslines from an Al King during one European tour. The trombonist changed his name to Hasin Hakim following a conversion to the Muslim religion. Though somewhat safer in terms of mistaken identities, he should still not be confused with rapper Hashim Hakim.