Sunday, April 7, 2019

BOOKER ERVIN – Back From The Gig (Blue Note – BN-LA488-H2 / 2LP-1976)




Label: Blue Note – BN-LA488-H2
Series: The Blue Note Re-Issue Series –
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: US / Released: 1976
Style: Hard Bop, Post Bop, Avant-Garde, Improvisation
A1 to B3 recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on February 15, 1963.
C1 to D2 recorded Rudy Van Gelder's, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on June 24, 1968.
Design [Album] – Bob Cato
Producer [Original Sessions] – Alfred Lion
Producer [Produced For Released By], Liner Notes – Michael Cuscuna
Supervised By [Project Director Blue Note Jazz Re-Issue Series] – Charlie Lourie
Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Runout etched): BN-LA 488-1- UA
Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Runout etched): BN-LA 488-2- UA
Matrix / Runout (Side 3 Runout etched): BN-LA 488-3- UA
Matrix / Runout (Side 4 Runout etched): BN-LA 488-4- UA

side 1
A1 - Home In Africa ................................................................................................. 8:45
A2 - A Tune For Richard ......................................................................................... 6:05
A3 - Back From The Gig ......................................................................................... 5:50
side 2
B1 - Dexi ................................................................................................................. 5:45
B2 - Kucheza Blues ................................................................................................. 5:35
B3 - Happy Frame Of Mind ..................................................................................... 6:10

Personnel:
Horace Parlan – piano
Booker Ervin – tenor saxophone
Johnny Coles – trumpet
Grant Green – guitar
Butch Warren – bass
Billy Higgins – drums, percussion

side 3
C1 - Gichi ................................................................................................................ 7:25
C2 - Den Tex ........................................................................................................... 7:32
C3 - In A Capricornian Way .................................................................................... 5:47
side 4
D1 - Lynn's Tune ..................................................................................................... 6:10
D2 - 204 ................................................................................................................. 10:15

Personnel:
Booker Ervin – tenor saxophone
Woody Shaw – trumpet
Kenny Barron – piano
Jan Arnet – bass
Billy Higgins – drums, percussion

"Back from the Gig" is a double LP by American jazz saxophonist Booker Ervin featuring performances recorded in 1963 and 1968 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1976.
The earlier session was later released in 1988 as originally intended under Horace Parlan's name as "Happy Frame of Mind" and the later session was finally released in 2005 as "Tex Book Tenor".

Booker Ervin – tenor saxophone


When the session that comprised the Happy Frame of Mind record was released as a Booker Ervin album, it was titled Back From the Gig. Horace Parlan, however, was the leader for the session, and the album was originally scheduled to be released in the mid-'60s by Blue Note as Happy Frame of Mind. After remaining unreleased for over a decade, it was issued as Back From the Gig, but once the CD revolution struck in the '80s, the music was reissued as it originally was intended -- that is, the Happy Frame of Mind album. Happy Frame of Mind/Back From the Gig finds Horace Parlan breaking away from the soul-inflected hard bop that had become his trademark, moving his music into more adventurous, post-bop territory. Aided by a first-rate quintet -- trumpeter Johnny Coles, tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin, guitarist Grant Green, bassist Butch Warren, drummer Billy Higgins -- Parlan produces a provocative set that is grounded in soul and blues but stretches out into challenging improvisations. None of the musicians completely embrace the avant-garde, but there are shifting tonal textures and unpredictable turns in the solos which have been previously unheard in Parlan's music. Perhaps that's the reason the session sat unissued in Blue Note's vaults until 1976, when it was released as part of a double-record Booker Ervin set, but the fact of the matter is, it's one of Parlan's most successful efforts, finding the perfect middle ground between accessible, entertaining jazz and more adventurous music.
(Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)




Tex Book Tenor was recorded in 1968 as a follow-up to Booker Ervin's debut date for Blue Note, The In Between, which was released in January of the same year. (Ervin had made two records for Pacific Jazz, which is now owned, like Blue Note, by EMI.) The album remained unreleased until 1976, when it was issued with an also unreleased Horace Parlan date on a double LP called Back from the Gig. The lineup is stellar and includes Billy Higgins, Woody Shaw, Kenny Barron, and bassist Jan Arnet from Czechoslovakia. Barron and Ervin had worked together before, and Arnet had worked with Ervin three years earlier as a touring partner in Germany. The music here includes three Ervin originals, Barron's wonderful "Gichi," and Shaw's "In a Capricornian Way." The Afro-Latin-influenced grooves of "Gichi" display Ervin playing his solo in prime snake-charmer mode. His own "Den Tex" is classic hard bop with Barron and Ervin going head to head throughout. "Lynn's Tune" is a beautiful midtempo ballad with wonderful work by Arnet and a loping solo by Shaw. The closer is "204," a steaming hard bop tune with a killer head featuring the two horns just pushing the tempo before Ervin goes off the map into his solo. Barron's playing is totally inspired, pushing huge chords at both players as they dig into the changes and come out breathing fire. This is a wonderful addition not only to the Blue Note catalog, but to Ervin's own shelf as well, and should be picked up by anyone interested in him as a bandleader and composer.
(AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek)



If you find it, buy this album!

18 comments:

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  2. Thanks Vitko. Great groups!

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  3. Hi Vitko
    I discovered your blog recently.
    I can tell you it's one of my favorites, particularly for LP.
    Great compliments and thanks for your appreciated work on jazz
    Thank you Grazie

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    1. Thank you! All the best, Ilario. Enjoy!!!

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  4. Dear Vitko,
    wonderful to see you back with another edition of great recordings. Haven't heard the Booker Little albums yet, but still downloading. Seems to be a nice evening, with a couple of fine music. Thank you as always.

    Uwe

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  5. I'm getting old. Did I wrote Booker Little?: I mean Booker Ervin of course. Where are my thoughts have gone?

    Uwe

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    1. Oh, everything's fine, Uwe. ...... :).
      Cheers!

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  6. Thank you! Great to see these Booker Irvin albums.

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  7. one of the most underrated tenor sax of that time.
    beautiful albuns..

    great post!!

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  8. Merci beaucoup, Vitko! I have the LPs !

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  9. Thank you so much. I am looking for Steve lacy Monk's Dream, any chance you have it and upload? i will be very grateful Vitko. Javi

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  10. Excellent sounding rip. Thanks!

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