While ervin isnt all that adventurous with his horn playing, he is dextrous and has excellent command of his instrument. The second in tenor saxophonist booker ervin s book series, this cd reissue may seem a bit more conservative than the others due to the inclusion of six standards including come sunday, all the things you are and just friends, but ervin and his quartet with pianist tommy flanagan, bassist richard davis and drummer alan dawson come up with fresh interpretations of the warhorses. These days booker ervin is remembered for his association with charles mingus, a fruitful period that resulted in some amazing albums, but ervin also had a great run of solo records on prestige, the best of which are his book series which began with the release of the freedom book in 1964. The song book, the blues book and the space book were all subsequently recorded in 1964 for prestige, but this seminal 1963 recording is a masterpiece of unconventional, advanced hard bop less free than the title suggests, the album remains challenging and utterly. He is best known for his association with bassist charles mingus. The freedom book is one of booker ervin s finest recordings. The good book acrobat acqcd 7121 which compiled his three earliest albums the book cooks, cookin and thats it. The third of ten titles recorded for prestige between 1963 and 1966, booker ervins the freedom book finds the texasborn tenor player.
Booker ervin the freedom book on hybrid sacd prestige stereo reissue series from analogue productions. Booker ervin the blues book prestige pr 7340 vinyl, lp, album, stereo us 1965 side a. Booker ervin made a stack of great records for prestige. Cut from the original analog master tapes by kevin gray.
Booker erivns album freedom book, 1963 booker ervin, tenor sax jaki byard, piano richard davis, bass alan dawson, drums. He was originally a trombonist, but taught read full biography. Ervin was known as book, and this sets name really means the freedom booker ervin. Leave a comment post navigation booker ervin s the freedom book is an overlooked classic. Ervin, who is on several notable charles mingus records, made dates of his own for bethlehem, savoy, and candid during 19601961, along with later sets for pacific jazz and blue note. Booker telleferro ervin ii october 31, 1930 august 31, 1970 was an american tenor saxophone player. I think stef would agree with me in that i dont think there is a single mediocre lp in the entirety of those mentioned above. Booker ervin usa, 1965 the space book full youtube. Randy westons cry me not is strayhorn esque and beautiful. Booker ervin the freedom book 19642014 hdtracks flac. Ive got just about everything booker recorded on prestige thanx to emusic and was wondering if sotw members could recommend other great booker ervin recordings. Booker ervin the freedom book 19642014 rudy van gelder remaster official digital download 24bit44,1khz. The song book 1964 the blues book 1964 the space book 1964 the blues book is an album by american jazz saxophonist booker ervin featuring performances recorded in 1964 for the prestige label.
Booker ervin the freedom book 200 gram vinyl record. Booker ervin s the freedom book is a tight little set. Recorded on december 3, 1963, the freedom book is a near perfect set of modern hard bop, ranging just far enough out there to feel fresh but retaining a strong lifeline to bop tradition. Booker ervin the freedom book 1964 prestige records recorded december 3, 1963 at van gelder studios.
Booker ervin the freedom book prestige prst 7295 lp. Highlights of the session include an impressive ervin original, a lunar tune, a fine version of randy weston s cry me. The freedom book, recorded at the end of 1963, was one of ervin s masterpieces. Booker ervin the freedom book prestige 1964 flophouse. The freedom book is an album by american jazz saxophonist booker ervin featuring performances recorded in 1963 for the prestige label. He is aided in no small part on this album by pianist jaki byard, whose flexibility and potential to play freely while retaining a blues base similarly aided charles mingus, roland kirk, and many others. Simon spillett authored this article on booker ervin to accompany a 2017 release on the acrobat label booker ervin. Capitol cmg publishing, wise music group, adorando brazil, emi music publishing, solar music rights management, and 2 music rights societies. The grossly underappreciated tenor saxophonist displays all his strong points. A day to mourn ervin an emotionally charged ballad written shortly after the assassination of jfk. The first of four thematically linked albums, tenor saxophonist booker ervin s the freedom book is an overlooked classic. Although his career was short cancer claimed him in the summer of 1970 when he was just shy of his 40th birthday, ervin still managed to record some 20 albums as a frontman, most notably his book series, the song book, the blues book, the space book, and this fine session, the freedom book, which finds him working with a rhythm section of. Recording with charles mingus and randy weston may have granted him his initial exposure on the jazz scene, but it was booker ervin s series of song books for prestige in the 60s that truly established his. When booker ervin was at his best, he managed to straddle the line, as he did on this album.
Licensed to youtube by umg on behalf of fantasy records. He is abetted by the power and drive of jaki byard, richard davis, and alan dawson. Freedom book bonus track by booker ervin 888072301603. And while this could just be lumped with other postbop releases, some of the material on here, like the stunning opener, a lunar tune, is not as immediately as. While hes remembered foremost as a key contributor to the bands of jazz titan charles mingus, tenor saxophonist booker ervin also recorded a. Listen to the freedom bookby booker ervin on slacker radio, where you can also create personalized internet radio stations based on your favorite albums, artists and songs. But it was his series of song books for prestige records that broadcast the stentorian announcement that a jazz orator of gigantic stature had arrived. A very distinctive tenor with a hard, passionate tone and an emotional style that was still tied to chordal improvisation, booker ervin was a true original. It is part of a series that byard later did for eventually blue note and includes structurally sound and the in between. Booker ervin is a strong, powerful, earthy, bluesy player. He repeats himself a lot, and seems to have a relatively small vocabulary of riffs, scales and patterns, all of which he uses brilliantly. Booker ervin the freedom book on 200g lp prestige stereo reissue series from analogue productions. Booker ervin the freedom book hybrid sacd music direct. He is aided in no small part on this album by pianist jaki byard.
His tenor playing was characterised by a strong, tough sound and bluesgospel phrasing. Has a discography been published, and if so, where can i find it. In some ways tenor saxophonist booker ervin was the archetypal jazz player for the postbop 1960s, combining the tradition of texas sax with just the hint of edgy modernism, a sort of the deltameetsmorocco sound so accessible that it is easy to miss the chances ervin took with. He first reached a wide audience in 1958, when he began playing with the great bassist charles mingus.
Groovin high is an album by american jazz saxophonist booker ervin featuring performances recorded in 1963 and 1964 for the prestige label. The first of four thematically linked albums, tenor saxophonist booker ervins the freedom book is an overlooked classic. Booker ervin biography, albums, streaming links allmusic. Recorded at van gelder studio, englewood cliffs, nj, on 3. Recorded at van gelder studio, englewood cliffs, nj, on 3 december 1963.368 572 925 561 1495 945 17 775 1238 720 1465 1030 1193 1212 189 1264 1028 221 195 531 64 30 1109 85 565 4 1083 1159 558 1242 1016 1347 708 870 42 692 720 1342 1538 1226 1269 1347 283 1038 1205 521 1246 976 1494