This two-LP set consists of a pair of classic Blue Note sets that were not originally released until 1976. The great tenor Booker Ervin
(whose hard passionate sound was always immediately recognizable) is well-showcased with the Horace Parlan
Sextet in 1963 (a group also featuring pianist Parlan
, trumpeter Johnny Coles
and guitarist Grant Green
) and with his own all-star quintet from 1968 (which also stars trumpeter Woody Shaw
and pianist Kenny Barron
). The stimulating group originals and advanced solos (which fall somewhere between hard bop and the avant-garde) still sound fresh and frequently exciting.