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  1. Sun Ship

    Sun Ship Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Eric Dolphy
    (born June 20, 1928 in Los Angeles, CA- June 29, 1964 in Berlin, Germany)

    _____________________________________Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane_______________​

    Eric Dolphy was a true original with his own distinctive styles on alto, flute, and bass clarinet. His music fell into the "avant-garde" category yet he did not discard chordal improvisation altogether (although the relationship of his notes to the chords was often pretty abstract). While most of the other "free jazz" players sounded very serious in their playing, Dolphy's solos often came across as ecstatic and exuberant. His improvisations utilized very wide intervals, a variety of nonmusical speechlike sounds, and its own logic. Although the alto was his main axe, Dolphy was the first flutist to move beyond bop (influencing James Newton) and he largely introduced the bass clarinet to jazz as a solo instrument. He was also one of the first (after Coleman Hawkins) to record unaccompanied horn solos, preceding Anthony Braxton by five years.

    Eric Dolphy first recorded while with Roy Porter & His Orchestra (1948-1950) in Los Angeles, he was in the Army for two years, and he then played in obscurity in L.A. until he joined the Chico Hamilton Quintet in 1958. In 1959 he settled in New York and was soon a member of the Charles Mingus Quartet. By 1960 Dolphy was recording regularly as a leader for Prestige and gaining attention for his work with Mingus, but throughout his short career he had difficulty gaining steady work due to his very advanced style. Dolphy recorded quite a bit during 1960-1961, including three albums cut at the Five Spot while with trumpeter Booker Little, Free Jazz with Ornette Coleman, sessions with Max Roach, and some European dates.

    Late in 1961 Dolphy was part of the John Coltrane Quintet; their engagement at the Village Vanguard caused conservative critics to try to smear them as playing "anti-jazz" due to the lengthy and very free solos. During 1962-1963 Dolphy played third stream music with Gunther Schuller and Orchestra U.S.A., and gigged all too rarely with his own group. In 1964 he recorded his classic Out to Lunch for Blue Note and traveled to Europe with the Charles Mingus Sextet (which was arguably the bassist's most exciting band, as shown on The Great Concert of Charles Mingus). After he chose to stay in Europe, Dolphy had a few gigs but then died suddenly from a diabetic coma at the age of 36, a major loss.


    Virtually all of Eric Dolphy's recordings are in print, including a nine-CD box set of all of his Prestige sessions. In addition, Dolphy can be seen on film with John Coltrane (included on The Coltrane Legacy) and with Mingus from 1964 on a video released by Shanachie. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide


    As a leader:

    * Truth (1959)
    * Hot & Cool Latin (1959)
    * Wherever I Go (1959)
    * Status (1960)
    * Dash One (1960)
    * Outward Bound (1960)
    * Here and There (1960)
    * Looking Ahead (1960)
    * Fire Waltz (1960)
    * Other Aspects (1960)
    * Out There (1960)
    * The Caribe with the Latin Jazz Quintet (1960)
    * Candid Dolphy (1960)
    * Magic (1960)
    * Far Cry (1960)
    * Eric Dolphy (1960)
    * The Quest (1961)
    * The Great Concert of Eric Dolphy [live] (1961)
    * Live! at the Five Spot, Vol. 1 (1961)
    * Live! at the Five Spot, Vol. 2 (1962)
    * Latin Jazz Quintet (1961)
    * Berlin Concerts [live] (1962)
    * Eric Dolphy in Europe, Vol. 1 [live] (1961)
    * Eric Dolphy in Europe, Vol. 2 (1961)
    * Eric Dolphy in Europe, Vol. 3 (1961)
    * Copenhagen Concert [live] (1961)
    * Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (1961)
    * Quartet 1961 (1961)
    * Vintage Dolphy (1962)
    * Conversations (1963)
    * Iron Man (1963)
    * Jitterbug Waltz (1963)
    * The Illinois Concert [live] (1963)
    * Out to Lunch (1964)
    * Last Date (1964)
    * Naima (1964)
    * Unrealized Tapes (1964)

    Chico Hamilton

    * The Original Ellington Suite (1958)

    Charles Mingus

    * Mingus Revisted [aka Pre-Bird] (1960)
    * Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (1960)
    * Mingus at Antibes (1960)
    * Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (1963)
    * Town Hall Concert (1964)
    * The Great Concert of Charles Mingus (1964)
    * Revenge! (1964)

    Ornette Coleman

    * Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation (1960)

    Oliver Nelson

    * Screamin' the Blues (1960)
    * The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)
    * Straight Ahead (1961)

    John Coltrane

    * Olé Coltrane (1961)
    * Africa/Brass (1961)
    * Live at the Village Vanguard (1961)
    * Impressions (One Track, "India") (1963)

    Andrew Hill

    * Point of Departure (1964)
  2. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Great Pictures of the MAN, Sun!

    Yes, another of our geniuses who died so young... I love his work on Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments, as well as those duets with the TRANE, particularly, Dahomey Dance... Genius, man, genius!(smile!)

  3. OmowaleX

    OmowaleX Well-Known Member MEMBER

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