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Outward Bound [Original recording remastered]

Eric Dolphy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000H0MNNU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. G.W. 7:57Album Only
Listen  2. On Green Dolphin Street 5:430.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Les 5:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. 245 (Instrumental) 6:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Glad To Be Unhappy 5:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Miss Toni 5:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. April Fool 4:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. G.W. (Take 1)12:06Album Only
Listen  9. 245 (Take 1) 8:09Album Only

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This brand spanking new Van Gelder re-mastered edition complete with bonus tracks is an absolute must for all fans of adventurous hard bop jazz.Partnering Dolphy on this album is the fantastic Freddie hubbard on trumpet and between them they create some astounding music.Although the music is in fairly time honoured,straight ahead fashion,these musicians take some risks that really pay off.Hubbard is the more conventional of the two with Dolphy providing the eccentricities and unpredictable turns of phrase that you expect from him.For example - On green Dolphin street played on the bass clarinet is one of the highlites of the album and not to be missed.Dolphy is heard here on Alto sax,Bass Clarinet (of which he is an undoubted master) and some of that trademark light mystical sounding flute.Although not stated, the 2006 Van Gelder re-master comes complete with a bonus track "Miss Toni" and lengthy alternate takes of "GW" (12.09 mins) and "245" (8.10 mins) which all in all adds up to a fantastic package well worth investing a few pounds of your money in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dolphy sets forth 22 Mar 2011
By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Eric Dolphy's first recording as leader showcases his abilities in a more conventional late bop setting than would later be the case. The listener will form a clear idea of what Dolphy brought to the table: unusual multi-horn talents (alto sax, bass clarinet and flute), significant compositional ability, and his unique melodic approach, which involves moving between 'in' and 'out' playing seemingly at will without indulging in the extreme effects that would characterise some of the later avant-garde.

This CD presents the six tracks on the original vinyl plus two alternate takes and the Dolphy original 'April Fool', all of which have appeared elsewhere but never together. The music covers a wide range of moods, and allows Dolphy and his fellow horn Freddie Hubbard plenty of room. The rhythm section (Jaki Byard, George Tucker and Roy Haynes) keep the music firmly grounded.

For me, the best of this album is in the two Dolphy originals 'G.W.' and '245' (the second of which has been quite extensively covered) and Dolphy's idiosyncratic take on the standard 'On Green Dolphin Street', with its pioneering bass clarinet playing - but really, the whole album is well worth your time.

Recommended particularly for anyone who is a little nervous about investigating jazz outside the hard bop consensus of the time. Later Dolphy albums are more completely characteristic, but also less immediately approachable.
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By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This was the first album as leader by the distinctive multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy(1928-1964). It was recorded in New York City on April 1, 1960 with Dolphy(alto sax, bass clarinet & flute), trumpeter Freddie Hubbard(who was to appear on Dolphy's BLUE NOTE classic 'Out to Lunch') and a superb rhythm section of pianist Jaki Byard, bassist George Tucker & drummer Roy Haynes.
Higlights include 'G.W.' dedicated to bandleader Gerald Wilson, 'Green Dolphin Street' and the exuberant 'Miss Toni'(currently the signature tune for 'Geoffrey Smith's Jazz' programme on BBC Radio 3).
The exhilarating music on 'Outward Bound' is an extension of bop and an ideal introduction to Eric Dolphy's unique talents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic 10 May 2010
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Eric Dolphy is always grouped with Free Jazz and to a huge degree it makes sense. He played on Ornette Coleman's album of the same name in 1960. His solos were also pretty "out" as jazz heads term dissonant playing

But Dolphy died in 1964, and it was not until 1965 that John Coltrane released Ascension. This is vital to know, because that album made free jazz far louder, and acidic. If Coleman's Free Jazz was a hot coffee, Ascension was napalm.

Dolphy most likely would have been in Coltrane's fire bomb had he lived, but he missed the big change in the jazz avant gaurd.

But we have Outward Bound: this is not free jazz, although it absolutely sticks more than a foot in that door. The truth is, Dolphy loved chords and what could be played both with and against them.

If you listen to Outward Bound, it is really not the music that is free .Most of the tracks are twisted hard bop: great compositions with loopy chord substitutions that pressed the band into thinking on their toes. These have an almost classical grandness.

What goes on top is what is "out": Dolphy and his players solo anyway they want. What Dolphy in particular plays goes contrary to the grain of the chords, but it always works. His angular solos provide fresh pepper to what, in some respects, is pretty traditional music

Free jazz was not yet totally free when Outward Bound was made, but it sure is amazing listening to the album pushing jazz a few leaps more out there.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars April fool's! 24 Dec 2008
By Matthew Watters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Due to the sad circumstances of his early death, a sort of earnest gravity always seems to surround the work of Eric Dolphy, or discussions of it anyway. That makes this album--along with Dolphy's many musical "conversations" with Charles Mingus--a welcome reminder of how witty and sly Dolphy could be. Fittingly, the music here was recorded on April Fool's Day in 1960, with another musical comedian (and Mingus veteran), Jaki Byard, proving a superb prankster-at-arms. The music here joyfully sends up everything from the "new thing" of Ornette Coleman to the stately seriousness of the Miles Davis Quintet. The band here even does a humourous deconstruction of the Davis group's beloved "On Green Dolphin Street." The Coleman-like Dolphy originals like "Les" and "G.W." will get your feet moving and erase any idea that "avant garde" has to mean "self-important". Throughout, drummer Roy Haynes is his usual, tasteful self, and only trumpet player Freddie Hubbard doesn't seem to be entirely in on the joke, playing with an earnestness that makes the rest of the proceedings all the funnier. Outward Bound is a joyous record that takes all the jazz styles then current and takes them for a ride.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stellar album from one of the great's....... 17 Dec 2008
By Gregory Gross - Published on Amazon.com
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Eric Dolphy is one of this countries least appreciated genius, and his music and performances continue to awe and inspire. Mastering alto sax is a job in itself, but to add clarinet and flute to his arsenal is quite an accomplishment. Eric Dolphy has to be heard to be "understood". Words simply won't do.
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric the First 2 July 2009
By Richard B. Luhrs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Multi-reedsman Eric Dolphy literally played it relatively safe on OUTWARD BOUND, his 1960 debut album, crafting more of a particularly explosive - and sometimes very humorous - hard bop set than anything predictive of his later avant-garde efforts. That, along with the first-rate lineup of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Jaki Byard, bassist George Tucker and veteran bebop trapsman Roy Haynes, helps to make this dynamic and inventive mix of original and covered material as perfect an introduction to Dolphy for the contemporary listener as it was for the jazz world as a whole nearly half a century ago.
Jumping right in with the slippery, blistering "GW," this date wastes no time in announcing the arrival of a uniquely capable and individual alto saxophonist, whose gifts are promptly put into even bolder perspective by his effortless switch to the haunting bass clarinet for a witty, almost vocalized rendition of the oft-visited "On Green Dolphin Street." "Les" and "245" are both Dolphy originals featuring more of his molten sax work with fine accompaniment from all aboard.
Things slow down and sweeten up on "Glad to Be Unhappy," with Dolphy offering a heart-wrenchingly beautiful flute performance while Hubbard lays out. Back to bass clarinet for the closing "Miss Toni," an upbeat bopper which sounds almost traditional after the more mercurial preceding numbers. This upgraded CD reissue adds three bonus cuts - the flash-fingered flute workout "April Fool" and lengthier alternate takes of "GW" and "245." All are well worth hearing and add greatly to the pleasures of this inspired and fruitful session.
Dolphy's life and career were, alas, to be tragically truncated barely four years after OUTWARD BOUND set him in flight; but the energy and enthusiasm so present in this classic recording are in no way compromised by the sad fate of its creator. A must for any jazz fan, completist or casual.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dolphy and hubbard 31 Jan 2008
By Case Quarter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
dolphy and hubbard on green dolphin street. dolphy and hubbard trading licks on les. on 245 first hubbard followed by dolphy put down brilliant blues improvisations. eric dolphy backed by george tucker on bass and roy haynes on drums plays a beautiful flute rendition of glad to be unhappy. and the remaining tunes g w and miss toni fill out the recording nicely. jackie byard is on piano.
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