Booker Ervin Groovin' High
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- Released: November 5, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: OJC
- 1.The Second #2
- 2.Groovin' High
- 4.Stella by Starlight
Personnel: Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Carmell Jones (trumpet); Jaki Byard, Gildo Mahones (piano); Richard Davis (bass); Alan Dawson (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 30, 1964. Includes liner notes by Michael Morgan.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Carmell Jones (trumpet); Gildo Mahones, Jaki Byard (piano); Alan Dawson (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (12/03/1963-10/02/1964).
Photographer: Don Schlitten.
This CD reissue has four selections from the same sessions (but not released on the original sets) that resulted in The Freedom Book, The Blues Book, and The Space Book. "Groovin' High" features the intense tenor of Booker Ervin playing comparatively lighthearted bebop in a quintet with trumpeter Carmell Jones, pianist Gildo Mahones, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Alan Dawson. The other numbers ("The Second #2," "Bass-IX," and a brief "Stella by Starlight") match Ervin with the unbeatable trio of pianist Jaki Byard, Davis, and Dawson. Although these performances are not quite classic, Booker Ervin fans will want this CD to round out their collections, for Ervin was at the peak of his powers during this era. ~ Scott Yanow
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