Track Selection: Number Two
Booker Ervin (ts) Jaki Byard (p) Richard Davis (b) Alan Dawson (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 2, 1964
An Amazon reviewer of Space Book (Evil Silver Disk Edition) chose good words and put them in exactly the right order, which I will borrow: “Booker’s melancholy sound is the strange marriage of primordial blues-wail with avant-garde harmonics. But behind him is something even more marvelous: Jackie Byard is as harmonically inventive as Monk in accompaniment. Richard Davis provides a contrapuntal melody, not just a bass line. And Dawson’s drums are so melodic they are like another line of counterpoint. He doesn’t just keep time, he enriches the ensemble with something like harmonic percussion“
I had a lot of the same words, but he put them in better order.Space Book is a classic, from the best of Bookers Prestige years.And you have got to love that cover.
The title of track Number Two is lost on me. The only association it conjures up is from my schooldays, when, if you wanted to leave the classroom to answer a call of nature, you would sometimes be asked by the teacher if it was “number one or number two? “If it’s number one, boy, you can cross your legs and wait until break“.
I was taught by sadists, but then so was everyone else, or so they say. Never did me any harm. Now, I’ll just tighten the ropes
Prestige PR 7386 US original mon Previously posted as Transatlantic UK first release (1967) of same title.
Classic Prestige last quarter if the Sixties catalogue number – not a second pressing but the original, on blue/silver trident.
Yes, the rear cover is a bit “number two”. Not well cared for. I can work on the tear but it is never going to be much else.
Source: North London record shop
Priced to reflect its Number Two condition, small change really, a little beat up, but what I really wanted was the cover art. Space, yesss. And Blue label Prestige usually sound great, lots of “bite”. The Transatlantic is nice and polite, a little like a Japanese pressing,but there is nothing like the slap of original Prestige. Speaking of smacking, in my schooldays six strokes of the cane was considered normal punishment for …