Booker Ervin ‎– Back From The Gig

Blue Note ‎– BN-LA488-H2
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album



"Two previoulsy unreleased sessions featuring the brilliant tenor saxophonist in sextet and quintet formats."

A1 to B3 (The Horace Parlan Sextet) 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.

All selections are released here for the first time.


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June 22, 2018
I think I am close to having the entire series of these. I always thought that they were reissues, and some are, but titles like this are all original material issued for the first time. I got this sealed for around ten dollars which is great by me. The first LP has a date from 63 and it’s hard bop all the way through. Grant Green jumps in and out and adds a lot. Ervin and Coles somewhat dominate the session, often playing in unison or in conversation mode. Parlan plays a bit stiff for me but still enjoyable. But this isn’t why I was interested in this title.
The second record and date is from 1968 and the tone is deeper, moody and is more loose. Ervin plays at to form and Coles is replaced by heavyweight Shaw. Parlan is swapped for Barron and no Green. Higgins is on both dates oddly enough.
Gichi is a deep moody mid tempo piece that is worth the price of admission but by far the standout track for me. Den Tex is more traditional to Ervin in hard bop mode but more loose. The following track is a waltz in hardbop mode with great feeling.
Barron really plays great but they mix him, and the rest of the band (besides Shaw), in the background. I can’t stand when they do this, so when Barron plays he sounds in another room. It’s a shame and one of the many reasons I’m not a big fan of RVG, although this trait wasn’t exclusive to his recordings. I forgot to mention that a Czech guy named Jan Arnett is on the bass. You don’t see his name on more than a handful of releases, but to be fair, RVG mixes him so far back you can’t tell he’s there.
The second side has a slow number and a turbo piece. Both are decent and play through.


January 22, 2018
The first LP was later released under Horace Parlan as "Happy Frame Of Mind".
The second LP was later released under Booker Ervin as "Tex Book Tenor".