Selection 1: Groovin’ High (Gillespie) solos: Carmel Jones (t) Gildo Mahones (p)
Selection 2: The Second #2 (first outing for the signature track from The Space Book but taken at an even brisker pace)
Booker Ervin (ts) Jaki Byard or Gildo Mahones (p) Richard Davis (b) Alan Dawson (d) Carmell Jones (t) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 3, 1963, June 30, 1964, October 2, 1964. Recorded during the same session that yielded “The Blues Book”.
Discography: Booker as leader:
The Book Cooks (1960), Cookin’ (1960), That’s It (1961), Exultation! (1963),Freedom Book (1963), The Song Book (1963), The Blues Book (1964), Groovin’ High (1963-4), Space Book (1964), Setting the Pace (1965), The Trance (1965), Lament for Booker Ervin (1965), Heavy! (1966), Structurally Sound (1966), Booker ‘n’ Brass (1967), The In Between (1968), Booker Ervin Quintet (1968)
Seller’s Description: US LP 1st Press 1966 Prestige Van Gelder
Bergenfield address – Van Gelder on runoff groove
Disc: Excellent condition – a couple of light surface marks – not audible
Cover: VG – several punch holes on sleeve. Light ring/storage wear
Tough going! 13 bids pushed the price up more than I expected. I figure this is a relatively rare title, probably because it didn’t sell in any quantity due to perceived overlap with the Book releases, or may be it didn’t see a UK release by Transatlantic – I have not come across one. But it went higher than I thought, though not unacceptably ( or you wouldn’t be reading this). Second place price-setter – 63 bids in last 30 days, score 1,960 – doubled the cost, thank you, but you guessed wrong.
BONUS: Cover Health Warning
In response to possible complaints regarding the display of cigarette smoking in public places, LJC introduces this exclusive alternative politically correct non-smokin’ edition of Booker’s Groovin’ High
Surgeon General Warning
The Surgeon General has determined that at some point, for some reason, you will certainly die. Listening to vinyl will not alter this outcome but can ensure you have a much better time before this inevitably comes about.
Listen to more vinyl, while you still have time. You know it makes sense.