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.
Track Listing: 1. The Blue Book - Booker Ervin 2. Git It - Booker Ervin 3. Little Jane - Booker Ervin 4. The Book Cooks - Booker Ervin 5. Largo - Booker Ervin 6. Poor Butterfly - Booker Ervin
Year of Production: 1961
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