Booker Ervin - The Freedom Book (1964) [Analogue Productions '2017]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:08 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,15 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 824 MB
Booker Ervin's recordings with Charles Mingus and Randy Weston brought him good reviews and a bit of notoriety, but it was his series of Song Books that broadcast the stentorian announcement that a jazz orator of gigantic stature had arrived. The Freedom Book, recorded at the end of 1963, is one of Ervin's masterpieces. His tenor saxophone sound is haunted by the loneliness and spaciousness of the Texas plains where he was raised. That Southwest moan is an integral part of his playing, but his style goes beyond the classic Texas tenor tradition, incorporating the intricacies of bebop and suggestions of free jazz that initiated one of the periods of self-renewal, keeping jazz fresh and interesting.