Booker Ervin

The Book Cooks (2021 Reissue)

  • Released: 22/10/2021
  • Label: BMG
  • Genre: Jazz

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Reissue of the 1961 Classic debut album by the American Jazz tenor saxophonist. 

BOOKER ERVIN was one of jazz’s biggest what-if’s; he died young, at 39, from kidney disease, right as he was hitting another wave of sonic experiments. 

He was a tenor who played the blues like they emanated from deep inside him, taking inspiration from field hollers as much as bebop. 

He got compared to Coltrane--who made a lot of similar playing decisions--but he had a different way of playing his blues. His debut LP, THE BOOK COOKS, shows he arrived on the solo scene essentially fully formed; he’d change towards the end of the ‘60s, but this LP was a roadmap for him for the first part of his bandleader career.


Side A

  1. The Blue Book
  2. Git It
  3. Little Jane

Side B

  1. The Book Cooks
  2. Largo
  3. Poor Butterfly