Booker Ervin : Exultation!

Booker Ervin : Exultation!


Booker Ervin (tenor sax), Frank Strozier (alto sax), Horace Parlan (piano), Butch Warren (bass), Walter Perkins (drums)

Prestige 7293

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record



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A1 - Mooche Mooche
A2 - Black & Blue
A3 - Mour
B1 - Just In Time
B2 - No Land's Man
B3 - Tune In

Recorded on June 19, 1963 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Following the familiar path of military service, then college music education, the young Texan Booker Ervin cut his music teeth playing rhythm and blues, teaching himself tenor. Moving east, a chance encounter with Horace Parlan opened up an audition opportunity with Mingus, where he quickly found a place in the creative cauldron which launched so many fine players in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Able to navigate Mingus complex scores, Ervin also shone in solo, paired with Dolphy’s wild alto excursions.  His hard-driving tenor is heard on all Mingus’s key albums of this period including Ah Um, Blues and Roots, At Antibes, and Mingus Five.

Exultation! is a fairly early title with Ervin as leader, recorded not long after That’s It! – an album for the short-lived Candid label. Soon after he went on to record the Book series for Prestige: Freedom Book, Song Book, Blues Book, and Space Book, each with its own rotating cast of players. Extra tunes from the Blues Book sessions appear on Groovin’ High.  Not one to run out of ideas, these titles saw him stretching out more and more.

Many of Ervin’s album titles include the streetwise apostrophe in place of “g” or end in a shriek mark so you know what to expect: excitement! A long run of albums  through the ’60s went on to include recordings for Blue Note and Pacific Jazz, but came to a dead halt in 1970, when The Book closed, unexpectedly early, at the age of only 39.

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions, 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analogue master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of-the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.