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Analogue Productions - APRJ 7295 - 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
Mastered by Kevin Gray at AcousTech Mastering
Limited Edition - Pressed at QRP - Prestige 7109
The Absolute Sound Top 10 Records of 2016
Rudy Van Gelder captured this Prestige title in stereo, and it reflects his consistently fine work. Tonally it's a touch on the light side, but otherwise the band's energy is clearly and dynamically captured, with a decent sense of air and focus. Kevin Gray did the mastering of this excellent QRP platter, so the quality of this welcome reissue is as good as it gets." — Music = 4/5; Sonics = 3.5/5 - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, September 2016.
Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions
25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made.
All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at the state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock
Recording with Charles Mingus and Randy Weston may have granted him his initial exposure on the jazz scene, but it was Booker Ervin's series of song books for Prestige in the '60s that truly established his legacy. The sound of Ervin's tenor saxophone was undeniably informed by the loneliness and spaciousness of the Texas plains where he was raised, yet he elevated his style beyond the Texas tenor tradition by also incorporating the intricacies of bebop and disparate elements of free jazz.
The Freedom Book, recorded at the end of 1963, is one of Ervin's said masterpieces and it finds the jazz great working in almost perfect unison with the likes of Jaki Byard (piano), Richard Davis (bass) and Alan Dawson (drums).
Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissue series from Analogue Productions featuring 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made!
Booker Ervin's recordings with Charles Mingus and Randy Weston brought him good reviews and a bit of notoriety. But it was his series of Song Books for Prestige Records that broadcast the stentorian announcement that a jazz orator of gigantic stature had arrived. Ervin's tenor saxophone sound was haunted by the loneliness and spaciousness of the Texas plains where he was raised. The Southwest moan was an integral part of his playing. But his style went beyond the classic Texas tenor tradition to incorporate the intricacies of bebop and suggestions of the free jazz that was initiating one of the periods of self-renewal that keeps jazz fresh and interesting. The Freedom Book, recorded at the end of 1963, was one of Ervin's masterpieces. He is abetted by the power and drive of Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, and Alan Dawson.
All titles will be mastered from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray.
The 200g LPs will be cut at 33rpm at the state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom.
In some ways tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin was the archetypal jazz player for the post-bop 1960s, combining the tradition of Texas sax with just the hint of edgy modernism, a sort of the Delta-meets-Morocco sound so accessible that it is easy to miss the chances Ervin took with his music. Although his career was short (cancer claimed him in the summer of 1970 when he was just shy of his 40th birthday), Ervin still managed to record some 20 albums as a frontman, most notably his "book" series, The Song Book, The Blues Book, The Space Book, and this fine session, The Freedom Book, which finds him working with a rhythm section of Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums. Recorded on December 3, 1963, The Freedom Book is a near perfect set of modern hard bop, ranging just far enough out there to feel fresh but retaining a strong lifeline to bop tradition. Highlights of the session include an impressive Ervin original, "A Lunar Tune," a fine version of Randy Weston's "Cry Me Not," the deliberately strident "Al's In," and another Ervin composition, the moving "A Day to Mourn," an emotionally charged ballad written after the assassination of JFK.ballad written after the assassination of JFK. further capping off a wonderful album.
Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.
Prestige stereo reissue series from Analogue Productions
Mastered from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray
Booker Ervin, tenor sax
Jaki Byard, piano
Richard Davis, bass
Alan Dawson, drums
1. A Lunar Tune
2. Cry Me Not
3. Grant's Stand
4. A Day To Mourn
5. Al's In
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