Booker Ervin was one of the great Texas tenor saxophonists, with the breadth of tone and conception common to the breed. His collaborations with the distinguished rhythm section of Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, and Alan Dawson are among the glories of Ervin's and the Prestige label's discographies. On Heavy!!! Ervin retained the big three and added two horns to make a sextet of full-bodied power with an edge of adventurism. He combined his native ability as a blues player with an imperative to explore the harmonic challenges of jazz's outer edge. The creative tension that resulted is heard and felt in these performances, particularly in "Bächafillen" and Byard's intriguing "Aluminum Baby." The brass players are two of the brightest emerging stars of the 1960s, trombonist Garnett Brown and trumpeter Jimmy Owens.
with Jimmy Owens, Garnett Brown, Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, Alan Dawson