Booker Ervin had a large hard tone like an r&b tenor
saxophonist, but he was actually an adventurous player
whose music fell between hard bop and the avant-garde.
Ervin originally played trombone but taught himself the tenor
when he was in the Air Force in the early 1950s. After his
discharge, he studied music for two years before he made
his recording debut with Ernie Fields in 1956. During that
year he first performed with Charles Mingus and he was a
key part of Mingus’s groups during 1956-1962, offering a
contrast to the wild flights of Eric Dolphy.
During 1963-1965, Ervin led ten albums for Prestige and
each has its rewarding moments