The Song Book

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The Song Book
The Song Book.jpg
Studio album by Booker Ervin
Released 1964
Recorded February 27, 1964
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 38:23
Label Prestige
PRLP 7318
Producer Don Schlitten
Booker Ervin chronology
The Freedom Book
(1963)The Freedom Book1963
The Song Book
The Blues Book
(1964)The Blues Book1964

The Song Book is an album by American jazz saxophonist Booker Ervin featuring performances recorded in 1964 for the Prestige label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars and stated " Ervin and his quartet come up with fresh interpretations of the warhorses. Booker Ervin never sounded like anyone else".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Lamp Is Low" (Peter de Rose, Mitchell Parish, Maurice Ravel, Bert Shefter) - 7:16
  2. "Come Sunday" (Duke Ellington) - 5:39
  3. "All the Things You Are" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 5:21
  4. "Just Friends" (John Klenner, Sam M. Lewis) - 5:56
  5. "Yesterdays" (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern) - 7:44
  6. "Love Is Here to Stay" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 6:27



  1. ^ Booker Ervin discography accessed February 3, 2011
  2. ^ a b Yanow, 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.