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Customer Reviews

Out-of-Tune Piano Mars Otherwise Excellent Session

Five stars for Booker Ervin, Dannie Richmond, and George Tucker. Three-and-a-half stars for Richard Williams. Four stars for Horace Parlan. And no stars to whoever allowed this session to proceed with such an inferior piano. What a shame. Booker absolutely burns throughout. And when Horace Parlan isn't soloing it sounds as if the engineer mixed the piano as low as possible, but that piano stands out in bold relief during Parlan's solos.

Hats off to all the musicians for rising above that challenge. Two hats off to Booker Ervin for not only rising above the lousy piano, but also for his inspired playing throughout.

Biography

Born: October 31, 1930 in Denison, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

A very distinctive tenor with a hard, passionate tone and an emotional style that was still tied to chordal improvisation, Booker Ervin was a true original. He was originally a trombonist, but taught himself tenor while in the Air Force (1950-1953). After studying music in Boston for two years, he made his recording debut with Ernie Fields' R&B band (1956). Ervin gained fame while playing with Charles Mingus (off and on during 1956-1962), holding his own with the volatile bassist and Eric Dolphy....
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