Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Dolphy's masterpiece, 24 Mar 2011
This review is from: Out To Lunch (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
Probably the best single recording Eric Dolphy ever made, 'Out To Lunch' is perhaps not the place to start with Dolphy. In particular, if you're looking to understand Dolphy's impact as a soloist, particularly on alto sax, or to follow his evolution, look elsewhere. The reason is quite simple: here, Dolphy is absolutely the finished article, and so completely integrated into the ensemble sound that even when he's the featured player what's happening around him is just as important. The calibre of the other musicians is important here: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Bobby Hutcherson (vibes), Richard Davies (bass) and Tony Williams (drums) are perfect partners in this music.

All the compositions on 'Out To Lunch' are Dolphy's, and as a result the session has a homogeneity of sound and conception that is unmatched elsewhere. The group sound is unique: a pianoless quintet in which vibist Hutcherson supplies the missing harmonic glue while keeping the music open and spacious. The tunes are challenging, angular and rhythmically dislocated, and yet this is recognisably jazz, right down to the humour, albeit jazz informed by Dolphy's understanding of twentieth-century classical music.

Stand-out tracks are 'Hat and Beard' and 'Gazzelloni', but the album deserves to be heard as a whole. Challenging and rewarding pretty well in equal measure, 'Out To Lunch' was recorded in 1964 and still sounds absolutely fresh in 2011.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.5 out of 5 stars (12 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (8)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:
 (2)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Wales, United Kingdom

Top Reviewer Ranking: 441