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5.0 out of 5 stars A Date to Savour, 14 Jan. 2001
This review is from: Last Date (Audio CD)
This album would be worth having for the titles of its tracks alone (i.e. The Madrig Speaks, the Panther Walks), but the quality of the music makes it essential. The tunes are written by Dolphy, Monk, the Dutch rhythm section and one single standard. Even though this is a quartet, the focus is almost totally on Dolphy - and, in this form, no wonder. There is a very intimate feeling to the recording and after one trakc you can hear the appreciation of the small, invited audience. 'You Don't Know what Love is` on the flute is one of the most extraordinary and moving improvisations I have ever heard, and ranges widely but still retains its tune. If you're not a Dolphy fan by the end of this track, you never will be. The track is enclosed by two quirky and fast-paced pieces in 'Hypochistmastreefuzz' (give or take a few letters) and 'Miss Ann'. 'Epistophy' is a classic Monk composition to kick off the album, and is perfectly suited to Dolphy's style. The whole date is inevitably lent extra resonance because Dolphy died less than a month later. I could go on, but the range of the music is beyond words. If only all dates could match this one...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate and creative modern jazz from Eric Dolphy in 1964., 25 July 2012
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This review is from: Last Date (Audio CD)
This memorable performance by the great multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy(1928-1964) was recorded in front of a small audience at VARA radio station in Hilversum, Holland on June 2, 1964 with an excellent Dutch rhythm section of Misha Mengelberg(piano), Jacques Schols(bass) & Han Bennink(drums). Dolphy plays superbly on bass clarinet, alto sax & flute on three of his originals, Thelonious Monk's 'Epistrophy', Mengelberg's 'Hypochristmutreefuzz' and has a marvellous flute feature on the standard 'You Don't Know What Love Is'.
This is not strictly Dolphy's 'last date' as he made some recordings for WEST WIND in Paris on June 11, 1964 before his tragic death in Berlin on June 29,1964.
At the end of the CD Dolphy can be heard saying: "When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air. You can never recapture it again."
Luckily we have this magnificent recording to contradict Dolphy's words.
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