The Freedom Book

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The Freedom Book
The Freedom Book.jpg
Studio album by Booker Ervin
Released Early 1964
Recorded December 3, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 40:05
Label Prestige
PRLP 7295
Producer Don Schlitten
Booker Ervin chronology
The Freedom Book
The Song Book
(1964)The Song Book1964

The Freedom Book is an album by American jazz saxophonist Booker Ervin featuring performances recorded in 1963 for the Prestige label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Steve Leggett awarded the album 4½ stars and stated "The Freedom Book is a near perfect set of modern hard bop, ranging just far enough out there to feel fresh but retaining a strong lifeline to bop tradition".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Booker Ervin except as indicated
  1. "A Lunar Tune" - 7:50
  2. "Cry Me Not" (Randy Weston) - 4:53
  3. "Grant's Stand" - 8:01
  4. "A Day to Mourn" - 9:33
  5. "Al's In" - 9:48



  1. ^ Booker Ervin discography accessed February 3, 2011
  2. ^ a b Leggett, S. Allmusic Review accessed February 3, 2011
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 72. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.