The Blues Book

The Blues Book is an album by American jazz saxophonist Booker Ervin featuring performances recorded in 1964 for the Prestige label.[1] The front cover photograph was taken by Don Schlitten of Booker outside of 16 Minetta Lane, Greenwich Village, New York City.[2]

The Blues Book
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Studio album by
RecordedJune 30, 1964
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
PRLP 7340
ProducerDon Schlitten
Booker Ervin chronology
The Song Book
The Blues Book
The Space Book


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars and stated: "The consistently passionate Ervin makes each of the fairly basic originals sound fresh and the performances are frequently exciting inside/outside music".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings    [5]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Booker Ervin.

  1. "Eerie Dearie" – 14:30
  2. "One for Mort" – 6:24
  3. "No Booze Blooze" – 15:26
  4. "True Blue" – 5:07



  1. ^ Booker Ervin discography accessed February 3, 2011
  2. ^ "Musical Maps".
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 3, 2011
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 72. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 449. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.