Sonny Criss: Portrait of (1967) Prestige (new: bonus track)

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Hot on the heels of Frank Strozier, celebrating the 700th post at LJC (Strange, this started as a sort of Blue Note tribute site, look now where it has gone… jazz all over) Continuing on the theme of artists deserving … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: Groovin’ High (1963/4) Prestige

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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) Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Jaki Byard or Gildo Mahones (p) Richard Davis (b) Alan Dawson … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: Setting The Pace (1965) Fantasy

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Selection: Dexter’s Deck Not exactly difficult choice, since there are only two tracks on the whole album, side one and side two. Artists Booker Ervin, Dexter Gordon (ts) Jaki Byard (p) Reggie Workman (b) Alan Dawson (d recorded Munich, West … Continue reading

Sonny Criss This is Criss! (1966) Prestige

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Track Selection: Sunrise, Sunset Recognise it? Yes, from the stage show Fiddler on the Roof, a pretty tune, to which Criss adds new poignancy. Forget the show, I’ve never see it anyway. Sonny constructs it as “call and answer”, with the … Continue reading

Booker Ervin The Blues Book (1964) UK

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Track Selection: One for Mort Everyone booked for speeding before the finish of this track Artists Carmell Jones (tp) Booker Ervin (ts) Gildo Mahones (p) Richard Davis (b) Alan Dawson (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 30, 1964 Music The Blues Book … Continue reading

Booker Ervin The Song Book (1964) Prestige

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Track Selection: The Lamp is Low A jazz standard, adapted apparently from Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel. My Ravel is a bit …ahem…rusty apart from his dum dadda da dum so I’ll take the liner notes at their word. Artists Booker Ervin … Continue reading

Booker Ervin Space Book (1964) Prestige

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Track Selection: Number Two Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Jaki Byard (p) Richard Davis (b) Alan Dawson (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 2, 1964 Music An Amazon reviewer of Space Book (Evil Silver Disk Edition) chose good words and … Continue reading

Lars Gullin: self-titled (1953-55) Emarcy

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Track Selection: Bugs (Gullin) Artists Carl-Henrik Norin (ts), Lars Gullin (bs), Rolf Berg (g), George Riedel (b), Alan Dawson or Bo Stoor (d) recorded in Stockholm, Sweden on November 6, 1953 and January 26, 1955 for Metronome. Music Sweden’s most famous baritone … Continue reading

Booker Ervin The Space Book (1964)

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Track Selection: Mojo Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Jaki Byard (p) Richard Davis (b) Alan Dawson (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 2, 1964 Music: Ervin, fresh from a seven-year stint with Mingus, continued to grow musically more adventurous in the mid Sixties. A … Continue reading

Booker Ervin Freedom Book (1963) Prestige

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Standout Track: A day To Mourn (Ervin) An emotionally charged ballad written shortly after the assassination of JFK. Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Jaki Byard (p) Richard Davis (b) Alan Dawson (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 3, 1963 Music … Continue reading