Booker Ervin : The Freedom Book

Booker Ervin : The Freedom Book

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Booker Ervin (tenor sax), Jaki Byard (piano), Richard Davis (bass), Alan Dawson (drums)

Prestige 7295

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - A Lunar Tune
A2 - Cry Me Not
A3 - Grant's Stand
B1 - A Day To Mourn
B2 - Al's In

Recorded on December 3, 1963 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

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 John Fitzgerald Knnedy.

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.