Booker Ervin

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More than a simple Mingus alumni (although that's already quite something), Mr Booker Telleferro Ervin II was a hard tenor blower, with a rooted, strong yet sensitive play, also competent on trombone - no wonder why Mingus hired him so often.
His own sessions are of the highest interest, wether for Bethlehem, Savoy, Candid or Prestige, and he ranks amongst the highly underrated musicians of the 60's (although he was successfull as a professional).
This fact may be partly explained by his unfortunately premature death in 1970.

While most people already heard him on Mingus' records, Ervin's Freedom Book (Prestige) is both an excellent starter and a definitive record.

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Booker Telleferro Ervin II (October 31, 1930 – July 31, 1970) was an American tenor saxophone player. His tenor playing was characterised by a strong, tough sound and blues/gospel phrasing. He is best known for his association with bassist Charles Mingus.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 The Book Cooks Booker Ervin 1
1961 That's It Booker Ervin 1
1963 Exultation Booker Ervin 3
1964 Groovin' High Booker Ervin 2
1964 Hip Cake Walk Don Patterson With Booker Ervin 1
1964 The Blues Book Booker Ervin 2
1965 Setting the Pace Booker Ervin 2
1967 Booker 'n' Brass Booker Ervin 1
1996 The Space Book Booker Ervin 1
1997 The Freedom Book Booker Ervin 1
1997 The Song Book Booker Ervin 2
1997 The Space Book Booker Ervin 1
1997 The Trance Booker Ervin 1
2000 Sounds of the Inner City Booker Little & Booker Ervin 1
2001 Structurally Sound Booker Ervin 1
2004 New York Sessions Booker Little & Booker Ervin 1
2005 Tex Book Tenor Booker Ervin 1
2006 Heavy!!! Booker Ervin 1
2010 The Savoy Recordings - Part 1 Charles Mingus & Booker Ervin 2
The in Between Booker Ervin 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Lament for Booker Ervin Booker Ervin 1

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