Recorded at Nola Penthouse Sound Studios, New York, New York on January 6, 1961. Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff.
Personnel: Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Horace Parlan (piano); George Tucker (bass instrument); Al Harewood (drums).
Liner Note Author: Nat Hentoff.
Booker Ervin, who always had a very unique sound on the tenor, is heard in prime form on his quartet set with pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Tucker and drummer Al Harewood. In virtually all cases, the jazz and blues musicians who recorded for Candid in 1960-61 (during its original brief existence) were inspired and played more creatively than they did for other labels. That fact is true for Ervin, even if he never made an indifferent record. In addition to "Poinciana" and "Speak Low," Ervin's quartet (which was a regular if short-lived group) performs four of the leader's originals; best known is "Booker's Blues." ~ Scott Yanow