I have been collecting Booker Ervin recordings for some time now. Ervin played sax on a number of Mingus recordings, including Mingus Ah Um and Mingus at Antibes (1959 and 1960). That was the most significant moment in modern jazz.
Booker Tellefero Ervin II has never received the appreciation due for his fine work as leader. Oh Wait! He has received it here! His playing is pure heart. Everything that makes hard bop great is present in all his recordings. Tonight I finally got around to buying his first recording as leader, The Book Cooks (1960). What a snoot-full of wonderful horns.
- Bass – George Tucker
- Drums – Danny Richmond*
- Piano – Tommy Flanagan
- Tenor Saxophone – Booker Ervin, Zoot Sims
- Trumpet – Tommy Turrentine
I am playing 'The Blue Book' and the title cut. I snuck in a cut 'Gichi' from Tex Book Tenor.
I am also playing a cut from Mingus' Blues and Roots, 'Moanin', another horn fest.