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Out There [Import]

Eric Dolphy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Jan 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B000026DEO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 771,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 14 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album presents a very different Dolphy than his stereo-type within jazz, and the addition of a cello lends it a touch of a Bartokesque (a composer Dolphy cites in the notes) sound. The tightness and discipline of Dolphy's compositions creates something within jazz I have never heard elsewhere, and the album has the integrity and strength that most 'cross-over' projects severely lack. The interaction between Carter on cello and the bass player is extraordinary, particularly on the catchy blues 'Serene'. Dolphy plays the flute with his typical lightness of touch and sense of humour on '17 West' and 'Sketch of Melba'. His solos are brief but exquisite. The whole album is off-beat and a bit wierd, but wierd in the best way. I wish Dolphy could have explored this kind of music further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dolphy's unique second album 22 Mar 2011
By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
'Out There' was Eric Dolphy's second album as leader. It's distinguished by its unusual instrumentation and the strong influence of Charles Mingus, who co-wrote the title track with Dolphy and contributed another song, 'Eclipse'.

The band is a pianoless quartet. Dolphy (alto sax, bass clarinet, clarinet and flute) is joined by George Duvivier (bass) and Roy Haynes (drums) and, most unusually, Ron Carter on cello, who performs a variety of roles: second horn, piano substitute, bass reinforcement. (The exception is the second track, 'Serene', which adds piano and trumpet - probably Jaki Byard and Booker Little, from Dolphy's third album, also released in 1960?).

The result is a unique sound that I find very engaging. Dolphy is excellent throughout. The sticking point, if any, is likely to be Ron Carter's cello. Cello isn't a traditional jazz instrument, and Carter plays very freely with his intonation - sometimes perfectly accurate, at other times significantly inaccurate. I find it hard to believe that Carter, a very fine bass player and musician, couldn't hear that he was playing 'out of tune'. I think this is an example of 'expressive', 'personal' or 'vocal' intonation, and as such is part of jazz's tradition of the importance of the individual voice. Certainly, it's more likely to be a problem for the classically-trained listener. For me, Carter's playing here blends very effectively with Dolphy's vocal and expressive sound, and the absence of fixed-pitch harmony instruments and the sparse ensemble setting means that Carter's expressive departures from concert pitch can be heard clearly without affecting the ensemble sound.

The choice of material is excellent, and the variety of moods is reinforced by Dolphy's habit of switching instruments.
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By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This was the second album as leader by the distinctive multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy(1928-1964).
It was recorded in New Jersey on August 16, 1960 with Dolphy(alto sax, flute, B-flat and bass clarinets) with a superb rhythm section of Ron Carter(cello); George Duvivier(bass) & Roy Haynes(drums).
The seven memorable tracks include four Dolphy originals plus impressive versions of Charles Mingus's 'Eclipse), Randy Weston's 'Sketch of Melba' and Hale Smith's 'Feathers'.
The atmospheric and exploratory jazz on 'Out There' is an excellent representation of Eric Dolphy's unique talents.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars erics not out to lunch 16 Oct 2012
By zeets
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The title of eric dolphy's album out there is not what you might expect,this album is more even and does have the odd strange syncopation musically,but is more like regular jazz,it is very nice,and mr dolphy dose'nt dissapoint.....hoopla!!!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare genious ! 6 Jun 2001
By nadav haber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
No one has ever played quite like Eric Dolphy. People tried to find out if he played "free" (what's the opposite ?) but he always played HIMSELF beautifully ! This is a marvelous and groundbreaking CD recorded in 1960 with Ron Carter on CELLO, George Duvivier on bass and the great Roy Haynes on drums. Dolphy plays his arsenal of wind instruments - including the alto, bass clarinet, flute and b-flat clarinet. The sound is completely original and it must have sounded strange to many in 1960. Dolphy's solo on the first track is mindblowing. Where did he get his ideas and sound from ? This is like a mix of Parker the man and a real bird - just great ! The playing throughout is just as great. The CD moves from hard driving to introspective moments with complete ease. This makes the time listening to the CD seem to pass quickly (it is not too long anyway) and everything seems fresh. The fresh and original spirit of this CD is outstanding - for anyone really into pure music !
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still cutting edge after 40 years 21 Jun 2000
By Tyler Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This release has plenty to recommend it, including the versatility of Dolphy's playing. From the delicate flute of "17 West" to the aggressive bass clarinet of "Serene," he covers an impressive gamut of sounds. Ron Carter's superb work on cello, set against the solid bass of George Duvivier and the impeccable drumming of Roy Haynes makes the album a rich and unpredicable listening experience.
Even if none of that were true, though, I'd still give "Out There" high marks on the basis of just one tune: "Feathers," unfortunately not sampled here. With this one song, Dolphy blows away all the detractors who said he lacked form, that he was too wild and undisciplined to create coherent solos and meaningful music.
"Feathers" opens with a slow, building line that ultimately dissolves into an alto solo that is, for me, quite simply one of the best ever constructed. Duvivier moves with supple lines behind Dolphy while Haynes lays down a simple beat and then the altoist takes care of the rest. His solo has it all: power, passion, drama and an absolutely logical form that makes it sound each time I hear it like a perfectly told story. Its beauty holds up to repeated listenings, as all the great ones do.
Fine compositions (Dolphy originals plus takes on Mingus and Randy Weston compositions), a great band, and an inspired performance that belongs on the shelf next to the best ever recorded: there should be little else needed to give "Out There" a gigantic stamp of approval.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an underrated Dolphy release 17 May 2001
By Joe G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When referring to Dolphy it seems like many writers point to his "Out to Lunch" recording as his best while "Out There" seems to get honorable mention. Of the many Dolphy albums and cd's i own, while "Out to Lunch was his most groundbreaking, i'd have to say that i enjoy listening to "Out There" the most. The title track is an amazing intro to this cd. The head is complex and the alto solo is just incredible AND the tune swings like mad. The next one, "Serene", starts with a beautiful intro, but then the mood changes when Dolphy goes off into an incredibly imaginative bass clarinet solo - unlike anything you've ever heard before. His flute playing is exceptional - in it's own league. In "17 West", while swinging like mad again Dolphy's flute playing reveals an incredible sense of urgency, which suddenly turns to beauty in "Sketch of Melba". Dolphy is also backed by some of the finest musicians in jazz: Carter, Duvivier and Haynes. Dolphy's playing is "jubilantly free" yet like i said earlier, swings - moreso than on "Out to Lunch". Recommended!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Out There" is out of sight!!! 4 April 2007
By Louie Bourland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Eric Dolphy is a sadly underrated Jazz legend. During his all-too-brief career he performed alongside many greats (notably John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman) as well as a leader on his own. His second album "Out There" from 1960 finds Dolphy stretching the limits of what can be done in a jazz combo by dispensing with piano and adding, of all things, a cello as a second lead voice. Besides his usual array of wind instruments (alto sax, bass clarinet and flute), Dolphy also makes a rare appearance on a regular b-flat clarinet on the haunting cover of Charles Mingus's "Eclipse" (the only time Dolphy used the instrument on record).

Elsewhere on the album, Dolphy swings and sways especially on the two opening cuts, the title track and "Serene". The title track features some stellar alto sax workouts while "Serene" and the following track "The Baron" display Dolphy's dexterious talents as a bass clarinetist. His dancable flute playing is highlighted in great form on "17 West" and "Sketch of Melba". The former is another swinging affair while the latter is a haunting bluesy mood music piece.

The other musicians on "Out There" are stars on this album as well. Ron Carter (who later joined Miles Davis's second classic quintet as a bassist) provides the daunting task of playing cello and he does so with tremendous results. On every track, Carter displays a solid counterpart to Dolphy's woodwinds and even steps forward as a soloist on more than one occasion. Check out his solo on "The Baron". It's a killer.

Bassist George Duvivier and the legendary drummer Roy Haynes provide the rhythms on this album and on every track, they play flawlessly. The grooves they provide on the title track are worth the price of this album alone.

While it hasn't gained the legendary status of, say, "Giant Steps", "A Love Supreme" or "Kind Of Blue", "Out There" is nonetheless a very important jazz album. Nothing else from the time period sounds exactly like it. Eric Dolphy's flawless mix of pure jazz with unconventional instrumentation (the cello) is pulled off very successfully here. So, with that said, this album is indeed a classic.

Check it out!! It's Out of Sight!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine album of free jazz 1 April 2008
By Jeffrey J.Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This 1960 recording constitutes my first exposure to the works of Eric Dolphy and I found the listening experience to be rich. Surprisingly, for a record of "free-jazz" this was not as out there (this was not intentional) as I expected and Eric favors an almost polite approach to what is essentially third stream music.

The lineup on this album includes the late Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, Bb and bass clarinets), Ron Carter (cello), George Duvivier (acoustic bass) and Roy Haynes (drums). This is a fantastic ensemble that is capable of great ensemble work and superb soloing. One unexpected treat was to hear the great bassist Ron Carter on cello - he is a fantastic cellist as well and started out on this instrument in a classical setting. Indeed, along with Eric's astounding abilities on woodwinds (particularly the bass clarinet), the introduction of the cello as a solo instrument adds a textural element that you do not find too often in jazz. With respect to the rhythm section, George not only provides excellent counterpoint, but turns in some great solos on his own and Roy provides a solid foundation.

This album primarily features compositions by Eric, with the exception of Out There which was co-authored with Charles Mingus, and a few covers including Eclipse (Mingus), Sketch of Melba (Randy Weston) and Feathers (Hale Smith). The pieces are in large part, what one might consider "straight" jazz, although the at times, atonal torrents of notes on the woodwinds and the odd sound of a cello in this context lends it a bit of an edge. I have to admit that Ron's cello parts are fascinating and at times it sounds as if he is playing a completely different melody than Eric; with only a few notes used as common points that link the two players. The melody lines are highly angular and at points, seem to on the verge of veering out of control, only to fall back on track in a split second. Odd meters are also used a lot although for the most part, this album "swings" and breathes freely, like a lot of the hard bop that I am familiar with.

This Hybrid Super Audio Compact Disc (SA-CD) boasts fantastic sound, although I have yet to make full use of the SACD layers. As played through a set of excellent Bose headphones, there is great separation of individual instruments and both the highs and lows sound natural.

All in all, this is a fantastic recording of fascinating free jazz that showcases the exhilarating talents of Eric Dolphy and is highly recommended.
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