Booker Ervin's definitely grooving high here – hitting some of the same soulful notes as on his classic Blues Book album, but also bringing in some more modernist moments too! The set features one track that's clearly a Blues Book number – a take on "Groovin High" with Carmell Jones on trumpet and Gildo Mahones on piano – but the rest of the album features a quartet that really lets Ervin dominate the proceedings on tenor – blowing hard with that mix of deep roots and sharper edges he brought to his amazing work with Charles Mingus! Jaki Byard's on piano on these other tracks – giving a nice sense of urgency to the set, as well as a similar range of jazz traditions in his sound – and other players include Richard Davis on bass and Alan Dawson on drums – both nicely loose one minute, then tight as a drum the next. Titles include "Stella By Starlight", "The Second #2", "Bass-Ix", and "Groovin' High". (Blue label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.) © 1996-2016, Dusty Groove, Inc.
We realize that there are many different interpretations of the standard grades used for pre-owned vinyl record albums & CD, so we thought we'd offer you the ones that we are working with, so you have an idea what we mean when we give the grade for a non-new item on our pages.
Below are stated conditions for a used vinyl records at Dusty Groove. Grading for the cover should be assumed to be near (within a "+" or "-") the grading for the vinyl. If there is significant divergence from the condition of the vinyl, or specific flaws, these will be noted in the comments section of the item. However, please be aware that since the emphasis of this site is towards the music listener, our main concern is with the vinyl of any used item we sell. Additionally, please note that all of our records are graded visually; considering the volume of used vinyl we handle, it is impossible for us to listen to each record. If we spot any significant flaws, we make every attempt to listen through them and note how they play.
The following grading conditions apply to the vinyl component of an album or single:
If something is noteworthy, we try to note it in the comments — especially if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record. This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip, cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.