Groovin' High (Booker Ervin album)

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Groovin' High
Groovin' High (Booker Ervin album).jpg
Studio album by
RecordedDecember 3, 1963 (#4)
June 30, 1964 (#2)
October 2, 1964 (#1, 3)
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
PRLP 7417
ProducerDon Schlitten
Booker Ervin chronology
The Space Book
Groovin' High
The Trance

Groovin' High is an album by American jazz saxophonist Booker Ervin featuring performances recorded in 1963 and 1964 for the Prestige label.[1]


"Stella by Starlight" was recorded on December 3, 1963, during the same session as The Freedom Book, which also includes this track.[1] "Groovin' High" was recorded on June 30, 1964, during the same session as The Blues Book, which does not include this track.[1] "The Second #2" and "Bass-IX" were recorded on October 2, 1964, along with tracks that appeared on The Space Book.[1] "The Second #2" is an alternate take of "Number Two" from The Space Book, while "Bass-IX" does not appear on that album.[1]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars and stated: "Although these performances are not quite classic, Booker Ervin fans will want this CD to round out their collections, for Ervin was at the peak of his powers during this era".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Second #2" (Ervin) - 6:36
  2. "Groovin' High" (Dizzy Gillespie) - 9:53
  3. "Bass-IX" (Ervin) - 11:45
  4. "Stella by Starlight" (Ned Washington, Victor Young) - 2:50



  1. ^ a b c d e "Booker Ervin discography". Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 1, 2011.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 72. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.