Booker Ervin

~ Person


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.

Annotation last modified on 2006-06-12 12:59 UTC.

Legal name: Booker Telleferro Ervin II



1960The Book CooksBooker Ervin2
1961That's It!Booker Ervin3
1962The QuestMal Waldron with Eric Dolphy and Booker Ervin5
1963ExultationBooker Ervin3
1963The Freedom BookBooker Ervin3
1964Groovin' HighBooker Ervin2
1964Hip Cake WalkDon Patterson With Booker Ervin1
1964The Blues BookBooker Ervin3
1965Setting the PaceBooker Ervin3
1965Soul PeopleSonny Stitt With Booker Ervin & Don Patterson3
1965The Space BookBooker Ervin3
1966The Exciting New Organ of Don PattersonDon Patterson With Booker Ervin1
1967Booker 'n' BrassBooker Ervin2
1967The TranceBooker Ervin2
1968The In BetweenBooker Ervin3
1986Down in the DumpsBooker Ervin2
1993The Song BookBooker Ervin3
1996Legends of Acid JazzDon Patterson & Booker Ervin2
1999Gumbo!Booker Ervin, Pony Poindexter, Larry Young1
2001Structurally SoundBooker Ervin1
2005Tex Book TenorBooker Ervin1
2006Heavy!!!Booker Ervin1

Album + Compilation

1979The Freedom And Space SessionsBooker Ervin1
2016Bei Mir Bist Du SchoenBooker Ervin1

Album + Live

1977Lament for Booker ErvinBooker Ervin2

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