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The Freedom Book (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)

Booker Ervin

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Total Playing Time    42:45
"... an overlooked classic ... this seminal recording is a masterpiece of unconventional, advanced hard bop. Timeless in its appeal, this remastered edition belongs in the collection of any serious jazz fan."
- All About Jazz

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.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Prestige Studio Masters

All transfers were made from the analog master tapes to digital at 24-bit resolution.
Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ; December 3, 1963.
Supervision by Don Schlitten.
Remastering: Rudy Van Gelder (Van Gelder Studio), 2007.
Notes by Neil Tesser.

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