- Released: June 11, 1996
- Label: OJC
- 1.Number Two
- 2.I Can't Get Started
- 4.There Is No Greater Love
Personnel: Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Jaki Byard (piano); Richard Davis (bass); Alan Dawson (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on October 2, 1964. Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Jaki Byard (piano); Alan Dawson (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (10/02/1964).
Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin's quartet with pianist Jaki Byard, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Alan Dawson was so strong and dynamic that it is surprising that it only existed in the recording studio, and only for two sessions. For the fourth and final of Ervin's series of Books, the music is indeed somewhat spacey. The group explores two standards ("I Can't Get Started" and "There Is No Greater Love") along with a pair of Ervin originals (the intense "Number Two" and "Mojo"), stretching the boundaries of hard bop without totally abandoning the chord changes. This CD is a fine example of Booker Ervin's unique style. ~ Scott Yanow