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Eric Dolphy Quintet Plays "GW":
Eric Dolphy isn't for everyone. He was a fiercely original musician who helped lead jazz's avant-garde in the early 1960s before his premature death in 1964. The first time you hear Dolphy, you'll probably think, "um, that's just weird." But Dolphy is an acquired taste that is very much worth acquiring, as he was one of the most inventive musicians in jazz. Here's Dolphy leading a quintet with Booker Little on trumpet in Germany in 1961, playing the tune "GW" from the album Outward Bound:
(While you're at it, don't miss the solo bass clarinet performance of God Bless the Child from the same concert.)

  If you want to here more Eric Dolphy, there are lots of possibilities, as he was widely recorded in the 1960-64 window. If you want to start with some of his more accessible work, you might begin with Dolphy's playing as a sideman (alto and flute) on John Coltrane's Ole in 1961. Dolphy's masterpiece is Out to Lunch!, recorded just four months before he died. It's an incredible performance, but it's also one of his more challenging works; the music is amazing once you get used to it, but that may take some time.
R Gould-Saltman (mail):
For a more limited sample of Dolphy, in a slightly more accessible context, Mingus At Antibes and Candid Records' Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus. The latter includes "Original Faubus Fables", (a stinging Weill-esque attack on the Governor of Ak., the vocal portion of which Columbia refused to release) and "All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother", possibly the greatest jazz tune title ever...

r gould-saltman
5.6.2007 7:40pm
BT:
Great stuff thanks for the post!!!
5.6.2007 7:54pm
Mark Muniak (mail):
Thanks! Always startling to see appreciations of this sort of music on what I thought was basically a politics/current events type website. I bought "Out To Lunch" while in college in 1970, and later again on CD, and still listen to it frequently. Excellent vibes by Bobby Hutcherson...and I think this was my first exposure to the brilliant Anthony Williams as well. Thanks again for mentioning this great artist!
5.7.2007 2:13am
tarylcabot (mail):
Have always preferred Dolphy as a sideman &your video reinforces my previous impression. Ole and Mingus at Antibes are two of the great jazz albums of all times, but Out to Lunch never struck me as belonging in the same pantheon.

Still, it is wonderful to be able to view the jazz greats on line now. There's a wonderful google video of Mingus in Montreal, 1974, playing his elegiac Goodbye Pork Pie Hat that i'll recommend for all. Also have come across a video of So What played the first great quintet that i'll is worth watching on YouTube.
5.7.2007 3:41am