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Out to Lunch ~ Eric Dolphy
Out to Lunch ~ Eric Dolphy
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 14 Jan 2001
I have to redress the balance of the other review and bump up the star ratings. This is a CLASSIC and unmissable album, whose sound is still unique today. Despite the 'free'ish jazz, there is a very tight structure and plan to each track. This contradiction is what draws me to Dolphy's music. The second track 'Something Sweet, Something Tender' includes a brilliant inter-change between Dolphy and a bowed bass. This is music of the very highest standard and show-cases the individuality of Dolphy as a composer and soloist. It doesn't fall into any known category, so is as likely to appeal to a modern classical fan as a jazz fan.
Out There ~ Eric Dolphy
Out There ~ Eric Dolphy
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, 14 Jan 2001
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… Read more
At The Five Spot Volume 1 ~ Eric Dolphy
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some great Moments., 14 Jan 2001
This is a raw date with many extraordinary improvisations by all of the players. The album only comprises of three intense tracks, and the third represents Dolphy at his most a-tonal and hence is difficult listening. Dolphy plays the alto on the first and third track, but I think the highlight is his solo with the bass clarinet in Bee Vamp. His playing throughout the album over-flows with energy and passion. Mal Waldron is a brilliant accompaniest and his driving solos are worth waiting for. Each track builds so that the listener in infected by an irresistible and timeless rhythm. There is a wonderful lucidity to all the playing. But, don't expect a polished product.