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Booker Ervin: Lament for Booker Ervin [Digipak]

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At an overbooked all-star saxophone concert held in 1965 in Berlin, the musicians were supposed to only play for 15 minutes. Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin protested against the restrictive situation by performing the intense and stirring "Blues for You" for 27 minutes, tearing down the house. A decade later (after Ervin's death in 1970), the performance was released for the first time. Also on this historic album is pianist Horace Parlan's somber solo tribute to Ervin ("Lament for Booker"), recorded in 1975.

Album Notes

Personnel: Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Kenny Drew, Horace Parlan (piano); Nils-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass); Alan Dawson (drums).

Recorded live at the Berlin Jazz Festival on October 19, 1965 and May 27, 1975.

Personnel: Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Horace Parlan, Kenny Drew (piano); Alan Dawson (drums).

Liner Note Author: Jane Ervin.

Recording information: Berlin Jazzfestival (05/27/1975); Berlin Jazzfestival (10/29/1965).

At an overbooked all-star saxophone concert held in 1965 Berlin, the musicians were supposed to only play for 15 minutes. Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin protested against the restrictive situation by performing the intense and stirring "Blues for You" for 27«-minutes, tearing down the house. A decade later (after Ervin's 1970 death) the performance (with pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Neils Pedersen and drummer Alan Dawson) was released for the first time and its passion was worth waiting for. Also on this historic album is pianist Horace Parlan's somber solo tribute to Ervin ("Lament for Booker") which was recorded in 1975. ~ Scott Yanow



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