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Booker Ervin: The In Between

Album Notes

Personnel: Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone, flute); Richard Williams (trumpet); Bobby Flew (piano); Cevera Jefries (bass); Lennie McBrowne (drums).

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

This is part of Blue Note's Limited Edition Connoisseur series.

Booker Ervin headed to Blue Note in 1968 for The In Between, a record that found him continuing in the vein of his later Prestige sessions. Supported by trumpeter Richard Williams, pianist Bobby Few, bassist Cevera Jeffries and drummer Lennie McBrowne, Ervin created an album that pushed the boundaries of hard bop. Every song on The In Between is an Ervin original designed to challenge the musicians. The music rarely reaches avant-garde territory -- instead, it's edgy, volatile hard bop that comes from the mind as much as the soul. Appropriately, Ervin balances his full-bodied tone with a forceful, aggressive attack that even sounds restless on the slower numbers. The result is a satisfying, cerebral set of adventurous hard bop that finds Booker Ervin at a creative peak. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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