The Booker Ervin Sextet: “Heavy!!!”

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A melodic and soulful hard-bopper, Ervin’s tenor sound on this album has a lot in common with Coltrane’s, but is generally more accessible. The tracks all swing, even if they don’t all push you back in your chair and insist on your undivided attention like the album’s opener does. A thoroughly enjoyable, though not quite essential, soul jazz record.

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