Booker Ervin: Exultation! (1963) Prestige

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Under-rated Tenors Series: Booker Ervin Selection: No Land’s Man (Perkins) – Artists Frank Strozier (alto sax) Booker Ervin (tenor sax) Horace Parlan (piano) Butch Warren (bass) Walter Perkins (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 19, 1963 … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: Back From The Gig (1963/68) Blue Note / UA

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Selection: Home in Africa (Ronnie Boykins) The track selection Home in Africa is credited to Ronnie Boykins, best known as Sun Ra’s bass player, one more at Home in Outer Space. Artists: Johnny Coles (trumpet) Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone) Horace Parlan (piano) Grant … 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

Mal Waldron: The Quest (1961) UK Xtra

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Selection 1: Warm Canto (Waldron) . . . Selection 2: Status Seeking (Waldron) . . . Artists Eric Dolphy (as, bclar) Booker Ervin (ts) Mal Waldron (p) Ron Carter (cello) Joe Benjamin (b) Charlie Persip (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: That’s it! (1961) Candid

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Selection 1 High Energy: Speak Low (Nash Weill) Selection 2 Languid Mood: Uranus (Ervin) Artists: Booker Ervin (ts) Horace Parlan – listed as Felix Krull nom-de-date (p)  George Tucker (b), Al Harewood (d) recorded at Nola Penthouse Sound Studios, New … Continue reading

Charles Mingus Mingus Dynasty (1959) Columbia

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Selection 1: Song with Orange Selection 2: Mood Indigo (Ellington) Mingus dons the Ellington mantle, and carries it off with flair. Encore: (Joe L’s hot pick) : Slop  Artists Richard Williams, Don Ellis(t) Jimmy Knepper (trb) Jerome Richardson (fl, bars) John Handy (as) … Continue reading

Roy Haynes Cracklin’ (1963) New Jazz

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Previously blogged under title “Bad News Blues” Fantasy records Seventies reissue, now upgraded to the real thing, Roy Haynes Cracklin’ on Prestige New Jazz. Selection: Scoochie (Booker Ervin) Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Ronnie Mathews (p) Larry Ridley (b) Roy Haynes (d) … Continue reading

Pony Poindexter Gumbo (1963) Prestige

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Selection 1: Creole Girl (Poindexter) Selection 2: French Market (Poindexter) Encore: (Hat tip Dean) : Gumbo Filet Artists Al Grey (trb) Pony Poindexter (ss, as) Booker Ervin (ts) Gildo Mahones (p) George Tucker (b) Jimmie Smith (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, … Continue reading

Charles Mingus Ah Um (1959) Columbia Six Eye

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(Images updated May 27, 2016) Track Selection: Better Git It in your Soul (Mingus) Too much to choose from, so Side One, Track One. Artists Jimmy Knepper (trb) John Handy (as, cl) Booker Ervin (ts) Curtis Porter (ts, as) Horace Parlan … Continue reading

Andrew Hill Grass Roots (1968) Liberty/ Blue Note

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Track Selection 1:  Venture Inward (Hill) Bristling angular theme with with an urgent rhythmic undertow Track selection 2: Bayou Red (Hill) Supposedly a tribute to the creole and mulatto heritage via New Orleans, though I like it for itself rather than because of … Continue reading

Roy Haynes Booker Ervin Cracklin’ (1963) eh?

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Track Selection: Dorian “Dorian”, an electrifying modal jazz composition, credited to Haynes’ pianist Ronnie Mathews, sounds as fresh and modern today as it did 1963. Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Ronnie Mathews (p) Larry Ridley (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood … 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

Mingus Jazz Portraits (Wonderland) 1959 WRC

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Track Selection 1: Nostalgia in Times Square If you like, sing along! “a woo woo, a woo woo, a diddly da, a diddly da, a diddly da a woo woo…” (reprise, change key) Track selection 2: Alice’s Wonderland Artists John Handy … Continue reading

Booker Ervin: The In Between (1968) Liberty/Blue Note

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Track Selection 1. Tyra (Ervin) – rip corrected 24/9/17 … A dark, minor key swinger. Delicious. One of my five-a-day. Track Selection 2. The In Between (Ervin) … Nervous energy and tension maintained by hard-driving percussion, Ervin in top form. … 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

Mingus Five (1963)

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  Track Selection:  “Theme for Lester Young” (Goodbye Pork Pie Hat) tenor solo: Booker Ervin – Artists Eddie Preston, Richard Williams (tp) Britt Woodman (tb) Don Butterfield (tu) Dick Hafer (fl, cl, ts) Jerome Richardson (fl, ss, bars) Eric Dolphy (as, … Continue reading