Booker Ervin: Tex Book Tenor LP (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)
Blue Note, 2024
Following sideman appearances with pianist Horace Parlan in the early 1960s, Booker Ervin cut two stellar Blue Note records as a leader in 1968 including Tex Book Tenor which had to wait nearly 40 years until 2005 for its first standalone release. With a sleek post-bop quintet featuring trumpeter Woody Shaw, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Jan Arnet, and drummer Billy Higgins, the Texas-born saxophonist slices through a set of compelling bandmember originals including Barron's sinuous tune “Gichi” and Shaw's lilting waltz “In a Capricornian Way,” as well as Ervin's lovely ballad “Lynn's Tune” and the hard-swinging “Den Tex,” named for his hometown of Denison.
- Den Tex
- In A Capricornian Way
- Lynn's Tune
This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), and packaged in a deluxe tip-on jacket.