Booker Ervin – Lament For Booker Ervin (Full Album)

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“At an overbooked all-star saxophone concert held in 1965 Berlin, the musicians were supposed to only play for 15 minutes. Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin protested against the restrictive situation by performing the intense and stirring “Blues for You” for 27½-minutes, tearing down the house. A decade later (after Ervin’s 1970 death) the performance (with pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Neils Pedersen and drummer Alan Dawson) was released for the first time and its passion was worth waiting for. Also on this historic album is pianist Horace Parlan’s somber solo tribute to Ervin (“Lament for Booker”) which was recorded in 1975.” – Scott Yanow/AllMUsic.

Track listing:

A1. Blues For Your 00:00
B1. Blues For You (Cont.) 17:11
B2. Lament For Booker 27:31


Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (tracks: A, B1) – bass
Alan Dawson (tracks: A, B1) – drums
Kenny Drew (tracks: A, B1) Horace Parlan (B2) – piano
Booker Ervin (tracks: A, B1) – tenor saxophone

A, B1 recorded at “Berlin Jazz Festival”, Berlin, West Germany, October 29, 1965
B2 recorded May 27, 1975


Label: Enja Records
Series: Enja Special 1500
Country: Japan