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Booker Ervin - The Freedom Book (1964) [2014] [HDTracks]

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Booker Ervin - The Freedom Book (1964) [2014] [HDTracks]
Artist: Booker Ervin
Title Of Album: The Freedom Book
Year Of Release: 2014 (1964)
Label (Catalog#): Prestige Records
Country: USA
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks, d.booklet)
Bitrate: Lossless [24Bit/44,1kHz]
Time: 42:45
Full Size: 502 MB

Recorded: December 3, 1963 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
Remastered: 2007, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett:
In some ways tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin was the archetypal jazz player for the post-bop 1960s, combining the tradition of Texas sax with just the hint of edgy modernism, a sort of the Delta-meets-Morocco sound so accessible that it is easy to miss the chances Ervin took with his music. 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 Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums. 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. Highlights of the session include an impressive Ervin original, "A Lunar Tune," a fine version of Randy Weston's "Cry Me Not," the deliberately strident "Al's In," and another Ervin composition, the moving "A Day to Mourn," an emotionally charged ballad written after the assassination of JFK.ballad written after the assassination of JFK.


1. A Lunar Tune 7:33
2. Cry Me Not 4:42
3. Grant's Stand 8:45
4. A Day To Mourn 9:14
5. Al's In 9:38

Booker Ervin, tenor saxophone
Jaki Byard, piano
Richard Davis, bass
Alan Dawson, drums

Booker Ervin - The Freedom Book (1964) [2014] [HDTracks]

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