Live at Rusty's

Ernie Krivda

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Live at Rusty's Review

by Scott Yanow

The Cleveland-based North Coast Jazz label, a short-lived but briefly significant record company, captured the underrated but highly original tenor Ernie Krivda during a live quartet gig with pianist Neal Creque, bassist Juny Booth and drummer Paul Samuels in 1981. Krivda really stretches out on two of his originals (the 14½-minute "Irv's at Midnight" and the 19½-minute "Song of the Moor"), in addition to playing a warm version of "But Beautiful." Krivda's extroverted sound and exploratory style are heard in fine form on this obscure but worthy LP.