Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Exult For Ervin
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 01/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Booker Ervin made an amazing string of albums for Prestige from 1963-65, equal to anything in the Blue Note catalog from that golden period, and "Exultation" is no exception. On this album Booker is joined by Frank Strozier on alto sax, Walter Perkins on drums, and two Blue Note regulars, Butch Warren on bass and Horace Parlan on piano. (Ervin joined the latter two on Parlan's "Happy Frame of Mind, which is out of print domestically but still available as an import -- see my review.) The album's standout tunes in my opinion are "Mooche Mooche," and the soulful, groovin' "No Land's Man." The CD also features the "short take" single versions of "Just In Time" and "No Land's Man" as bonus tracks. While this is a terrific outing, I am only giving it four stars because "Exultation" falls short compared to his five-star efforts -- "The Blues Book," "The Song Book," and "The Space Book" (see my reviews). However, fans of the aforementioned five-star discs will thoroughly enjoy "Exultation.""