Booker Ervin

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Booker Ervin “The Book Cooks”,  Recorded 1960 

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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.