The In Between

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The In Between
The In Between.jpg
Studio album by Booker Ervin
Released 1968
Recorded January 12, 1968
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 40:18
Label Blue Note
BST 84283
Producer Francis Wolff
Booker Ervin chronology
Booker 'n' Brass
(1967)Booker 'n' Brass1967
The In Between
Tex Book Tenor
(1968)Tex Book Tenor1968

The In Between is an album by American jazz saxophonist Booker Ervin recorded in 1968 and released on the Blue Note label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 4 stars and stated "The music rarely reaches avant-garde territory -- instead, it's edgy, volatile hard bop that comes from the mind as much as the soul... The result is a satisfying, cerebral set of adventurous hard bop that finds Booker Ervin at a creative peak".[2]

Richard Cook and Brian Morton of The Penguin Guide to Jazz gave the album a three-star rating (of a possible four), noting that "unlike some other figures on the [Blue Note] label, Ervin seemed determined to show that there was still considerable mileage in hard bop, without needing to head off into 'the avant-garde'. In consequence, these half-dozen taut originals are every bit as challenging as the free jazz of the time, and commanded exceptional musicianship from a relatively obscure group."[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Booker Ervin
  1. "The In Between" - 7:43
  2. "The Muse" - 7:17
  3. "Mour" - 5:59
  4. "Sweet Pea" - 5:36
  5. "Largo" - 6:27
  6. "Tyra" - 7:29



  1. ^ Blue Note Records discography accessed December 9, 2010
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed December 9, 2010
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 450. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.