Booker Ervin – The Trance

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This music was taped at the beginning of the 1965 Munich, Germany session that also produced the Ervin/Dexter Gordon encounter Setting the Pace Prestige 24123. It captures the same controlled frenzy that made Ervin’s Stateside studio encounters with pianist Jaki Byard and drummer Alan Dawson such revelations see The Freedom Book, OJC 845, and The Space Book, OJC 896, with the very personal iconoclasm of bassist Reggie Workman an apt replacement for Richard Davis’s work on the earlier albums. The material is relatively straightforward one blues, one standard, and the lean title track in a minor mode but the ability of Ervin and his partners to take inside playing to the edge ensures music of constant freshness. “The Trance,” the saxophonist’s tribute to the recently deceased bassist George Tucker, takes its place with “A Day to Mourn” on The Freedom Book as one of the most haunting jazz memorials of the era.

Tracklist

01. The Trance
02. Speak Low
03. Groovin’ At The Jamboree

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