Booker Ervin “The Book Cooks”, Recorded 1960
Booker Ervin © Mosaic Images
A very distinctive tenor with a hard, passionate tone and an emotional style that was still tied to chordal improvisation, Booker Ervin was a true original. He was originally a trombonist, but taught himself tenor while in the Air Force. Ervin gained fame while playing with Charles Mingus (off and on during 1956-1962), holding his own with the volatile bassist and Eric Dolphy. He made dates of his own for Bethlehem during 1960-1961.