Made famous by John Coltrane's "Soultrane" disc in 1958, this tune by Fred Lacey and recorded by such players as Coltrane, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Stan Getz, and others.

via Canadian bassist Steve Wallace:

It was written as a musical elegy to the alto saxophonist Ernie Henry, who died of a heroin overdose on December 29, 1957. Henry’s death was doubly tragic – he was only 31 and beyond this, his career was just starting to come out of the shadows again after a promising beginning. In the late 1940s he was fairly active as a very young man in the early days of bebop with such important figures as Fats Navarro, Tadd Dameron, Max Roach.

Art Olson is a pianist who posts videos of him playing jazz on fine old pianos from Artistic Pianos in San Diego.

Al Olson with WCR - Theme For Ernie (small).mp3

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