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  • Exultation! Exultation! Quick View

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    Exultation!

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom


    Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock


    Intensity marked everything that Booker Ervin played. In his harmonic concept, slashing attack, and broad Texas sound, Ervin demanded attention and constantly built improvisations of searing drama and epic sweep. His primary legacy is a series of albums recorded for Prestige in the 1960s, of which this was his first, a riveting quintet recital where the alto saxophone of Frank Strozier supplies an urgent complement and the rhythm section is piloted by Horace Parlan, Ervin's longtime compatriot from their days together in the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop and in a cooperative quartet that worked at Minton's Playhouse. In addition to four inspiring originals by Ervin and drummer Walter Perkins, the session features an eloquent reading of Fats Waller's immortal Black and Blue and an exploration of the show tune Just in Time. Both the latter and No Land's Man are included in two versions, the shorter of which were cut for release as a 45 single.

    1. Mooche Mooche
    2. Black and Blue
    3. Tune In
    Booker Ervin
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  • The Song Book (Pre-Order) The Song Book (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Song Book (Pre-Order)

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom


    Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock


    Of Booker Ervin's nine Prestige albums, this one is special because it presents him exclusively in the contexts of standard songs. Ervin's aggressiveness, his ferocity, his incomparable Texas spaciousness of sound and style, are undiminished. But the compositions provide familiar guideposts by which to track his explorations, which were unfailingly full of adventure and daring. In his only recorded appearance with Ervin, pianist Tommy Flanagan balances the music with his customary elegance. On bass and drums are Ervin's frequent recording companions Richard Davis and Alan Dawson.

    1. The Lamp is Low
    2. Come Sunday
    3. All the Things You Are
    4. Just Friends
    5. Yesterdays
    6. Our Love is Here to Stay
    Booker Ervin
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    The Freedom Book

    Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.


    All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom


    Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock


    Booker Ervin's recordings with Charles Mingus and Randy Weston brought him good reviews and a bit of notoriety. But it was his series of Song Books for Prestige Records that broadcast the stentorian announcement that a jazz orator of gigantic stature had arrived. Ervin's tenor saxophone sound was haunted by the loneliness and spaciousness of the Texas plains where he was raised. The Southwest moan was an integral part of his playing. But his style went beyond the classic Texas tenor tradition to incorporate the intricacies of bebop and suggestions of the free jazz that was initiating one of the periods of self-renewal that keeps jazz fresh and interesting. The Freedom Book, recorded at the end of 1963, was one of Ervin's masterpieces. He is abetted by the power and drive of Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, and Alan Dawson.

    1. A Lunar Tune
    2. Cry Me Not
    3. Grant's Stand
    4. A Day to Mourn
    5. Al's In
    Booker Ervin
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  • That's It (Pure Pleasure) That's It (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    That's It (Pure Pleasure)

    A very distinctive tenor with a hard, passionate tone and an emotional style that was still tied to chordal improvisation, Booker Ervin was a true original. He was originally a trombonist, but taught himself tenor while in the Air Force (1950-1953). After studying music in Boston for two years, he made his recording debut with Ernie Fields' R&B band (1956). Ervin gained fame while playing with Charles Mingus (off and on during 1956-1962), holding his own with the volatile bassist and Eric Dolphy. He also led his own quartet, worked with Randy Weston on a few occasions in the '60s, and spent much of 1964-1966 in Europe before dying much too young from kidney disease. Ervin, who is on several notable Charles Mingus records, made dates of his own for Bethlehem, Savoy, and Candid during 1960-1961, along with later sets for Pacific Jazz and Blue Note.



    Booker Ervin, who always had a very unique sound on the tenor, is heard in prime form on this quartet set. In virtually all cases, the jazz and blues musicians who recorded for Candid in 1960-61 (during its original brief existence) were inspired and played more creatively than they did for other labels. That fact is true for Ervin, even if he never made an indifferent record. In addition to Poinciana and Speak Low, Ervin's quartet (which was a regular if short-lived group) performs four of the leader's originals; best known is Booker's Blues.




    Musicians:



    • Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone)

    • George Tucker (bass)

    • Horace Parlan (piano)

    • Al Harewood (drums)




    Recording: January 1961 at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York City, by Bob d'Orleans

    Production: Nat Hentoff




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Mojo
    2. Uranus
    3. Poinciana
    4. Speak Low
    5. Bookers Blues
    6. Boo
    Booker Ervin
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  • Gumbo! Gumbo! Quick View

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    Gumbo!

    Front O' Town
    Happy Strut
    Creole Girl
    4-11-44
    Back O' Town
    Muddy Dust
    French Market
    Gumbo Filet
    Pony Poindexter with Booker Ervin
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    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • Cracklin' (Awaiting Repress) Cracklin' (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Cracklin' (Awaiting Repress)

    Roy Haynes,Drums

    Booker Ervin,Tenor Saxophone

    Ronnie Mathews, Piano

    Larry Ridley, Bass

    1. SCOOCHIE
    2. DORIAN
    3. SKETCH OF MELBA
    4. HONEYDEW
    5. UNDER PARIS SKIES
    6. BAD NEWS BLUES
    Roy Haynes
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  • The Book Cooks The Book Cooks Quick View

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    The Book Cooks

    There is nothing contrived about the kind of playing that comes jolting out of Booker Ervin's tenor saxophone and the great quality of soul reflected on the six tracks of The Book Cooks. The album is introduced by George Tucker's bass on "The Blue Book" followed by Tommy Flanagan, Booker Ervin, Tommy Turrentine and Zoot Sims in that order.
    1. The Blue Book
    2. Git It
    3. Little Jane
    4. The Book Cooks
    5. Largo
    6. Poor Butterfly
    Booker Ervin
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  • Hip Cake Walk Hip Cake Walk Quick View

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    Hip Cake Walk

    With Booker Ervin

    Don Patterson, ORGAN,

    Booker Ervin, Tenor Sax

    Billy James, Drums

    Leonard Houston, Alto Sax(B-1 only)
    1. SISTER RUTH 5:00
    2. DONALD DUCK 5:45
    3. ROSETTA 7:15
    4. HIP CAKE WALK 16:40
    5. UNDER THE BOARDWALK 2:50
    Don Patterson
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  • Jazz Portraits Jazz Portraits Quick View

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    Jazz Portraits

    John Handy, AltoSax

    Booker Ervin, Tenor Sax

    Richard Wyands, Piano

    Dannie Richmond, Drums

    Charles Mingus, Bass
    1. NOSTALGIA IN TIMES SQUARE 12:00
    2. I CAN'T GET STARTED 10:20
    3. NO PRIVATE INCOME BLUES 12:40
    4. ALICE'S WONDERLAND 9:00
    Charles Mingus
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  • Blues & Roots Blues & Roots Quick View

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    Blues & Roots

    The 1998 reissue of BLUES & ROOTS contains all the original tracks and liner notes, plus additional tracks and rare photos. Personnel: Charles Mingus (bass); Jackie McLean, John Handy (alto saxophone); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis (trombone); Horace Parlan, Mal Waldron (piano); Dannie Richmond (drums). Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York on February 4, 1959. Originally released on Atlantic (1305). Includes liner notes by Charles Mingus. All tracks have been digitally remastered.Mingus goes to church. A thrilling album of blues and spirituals Mingus style. This 1959 Atlantic recording certainly ranks among his very best. Memorable performances of some of the bassist's most soulful tunes such as Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting and E's Flat Ah's Flat Too. Mingus is joined by an exuberant ensemble including a stellar saxophone section of Jackie McLean, John Handy, Booker Ervin, and Pepper Adams.
    1. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
    2. Cryin' Blues
    3. Moanin'
    4. Tensions
    5. My Jelly Roll Soul
    6. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too
    7. We Got Blue*


    * Bonus Track

    Charles Mingus
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  • Mingus Ah Um (Awaiting Repress) Mingus Ah Um (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Mingus Ah Um (Awaiting Repress)

    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI! Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!

    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!


    Arguably Mingus' greatest recording! Features performances by John Handy, Booker Ervin, Jimmy Knepper, Horace Parlan, Dannie Richmond and many others!



    One of the great bassist's most innovative albums, Mingus Ah Um presented this important arranger-composer on a major label for the first time. This album portrays some of his most startling and thought-provoking music.


    Features:

    Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets

    Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!

    Audiophile 180 gram, 45rpm Vinyl

    Double LP

    Pressed at RTI


    Musicians:

    Charles Mingus, bass, piano

    John Handy, alto & tenor sax, clarinet

    Booker Ervin, tenor sax

    Shafi Hadi, tenor & alto sax

    Willie Dennis, trombone

    Jimmy Knepper, trombone

    Horace Parlan, piano

    Dannie Richmond, drums


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Better Git It in Your Soul
    2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
    3. Boogie Stop Shuffle
    4. Self-Portrait in Three Colors
    5. Open Letter to Duke
    6. Bird Calls
    7. Fables of Faubus
    8. Pussy Cat Dues
    9. Jelly Roll
    Charles Mingus
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  • Mingus Ah Um (180 Gram) Mingus Ah Um (180 Gram) Quick View

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    Mingus Ah Um (180 Gram)

    180 Gram Vinyl


    One of the great bassist's most innovative albums, Mingus Ah Um presented this important arranger-composer on a major label for the first time. This album portrays some of his most startling and thought-provoking music.


    Musicians:

    Charles Mingus, bass, piano

    John Handy, alto & tenor sax, clarinet

    Booker Ervin, tenor sax

    Shafi Hadi, tenor & alto sax

    Willie Dennis, trombone

    Jimmy Knepper, trombone

    Horace Parlan, piano

    Dannie Richmond, drums


    1. Better Git It in Your Soul
    2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
    3. Boogie Stop Shuffle
    4. Self-Portrait in Three Colors
    5. Open Letter to Duke
    6. Bird Calls
    7. Fables of Faubus
    8. Pussy Cat Dues
    9. Jelly Roll
    Charles Mingus
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • African Cookbook (Pure Pleasure) African Cookbook (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    African Cookbook (Pure Pleasure)

    When this set was recorded in 1964, pianist Randy Weston had no luck interesting any label to release the music, so he came out with it independently on his tiny Bakton company & then in 1972 Atlantic released the performances. It is surprising that no company in the mid-1960s signed Weston up because Willie's Tune from the set had the potential to catch on, Berkshire Blues is somewhat known and the mixture of accessible bop with African rhythms overall is appealing.


    Trumpeter Ray Copeland was responsible for the arrangements while Weston contributed all but one of the songs. Copeland and the great tenor Booker Ervin have their share of solo space, bassist Vishnu Wood and drummer Lenny McBrowne are fine in support, and on three numbers the percussion of Big Black and Sir Harold Murray are added; Big Black also sings on Congolese Children. An excellent outing, infectionously listenable!!



    Musicians:



    • Randy Weston (piano)

    • Ray Copeland (trumpet, fluegel horn)

    • Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone)

    • Vishnu Wood (bass)

    • Lenny McBrowne (drums)

    • Big Black (conga)

    • Sir Harold Murray (percussion)



    Recording: October 1964 at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York, by Tommy Nola
    Production: Randy Weston




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Berkshire Blues
    2. Portrait Of Vivian
    3. Willie's Tune
    4. Niger Mambo
    5. African Cookbook
    6. Congolese Children
    7. Blues For Five Reasons
    Randy Weston
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Up and Down (Mono) (Out Of Stock) Up and Down (Mono) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Up and Down (Mono) (Out Of Stock)

    Horace Parlan had a great knack in selecting musicians for his Blue Note sessions; some regular collaborators, other times - mix and match. This June 1961 date is no exception. The set showcases a fine balance of hard bop and soul-jazz with just the right amount of blues thrown in. Leading the charge in Booker Ervin's tenor and guitarist Grant Green. Filling it out are drummer Al Harewood, George Tucker's bass as well as Parlan's pianistics. Six new tunes including charts by Parlan (title tune), Ervin (The Book's Beat), Tucker (Fugee), Green (The Other Part Of Town) plus Light Blue by Stanley Turrentine, allow everyone plenty of time and space to have their say and then bring it home.
    1. The Book's Beat
    2. Up and Down
    3. Fugee
    4. The Other Part of Town
    5. Lonely One
    6. Light Blue
    Horace Parlan
    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus (Out Of Stock) Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus (Out Of Stock)

    Mingus is also all about the ensemble...this reissue has a life and immediacy I've not heard before with this title, whose stunning music overwhelms any flaws of the recording. - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2009


    Produced by Impulse! A&R director Bob Thiele in 1963, this recording is a major showcase of the talented Charles Mingus as a bassist, pianist and writer. In his 1963 original liner notes, critic-at-large Nat Hentoff said that of all the musicians, it is impossible to remain indifferent to Mingus. This recording more than any other testifies to Hentoff's claim. More so today than in 60's, there is truly only one Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus.


    Charles Mingus, bass, piano, vocals
    Jay Berliner, guitar
    Don Butterfield, trombone, tuba
    Jaki Byard, piano
    Eric Dolphy, flute, alto saxophone
    Rolf Ericson, trumpet
    Booker Ervin, tenor saxophone
    Dick Hafer, clarinet, flute, oboe, tenor saxophone
    Quentin Jackson, trombone
    Charlie Mariano, alto saxophone
    Walter Perkins, drums
    Eddie Preston, trumpet
    Jerome Richardson, flute, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone
    Dannie Richmond, drums
    Richard Gene Williams, trumpet
    Britt Woodman, trombone

    1. II B.S.
    2. I X Love
    3. Celia
    4. Mood Indigo
    5. Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul
    6. Theme for Lester Young
    7. Hora Decubitus
    Charles Mingus
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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