Out To Lunch [VINYL]
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The coming together of Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Richard Davis and Tony Williams on Out to Lunch! was a momentous event. Dolphy had made a clutch of records for Prestige in the years leading up to this record, the most significant probably being the famous Five Spot live sessions with Booker Little that would promise so much but be cut short by Little's death from uraemia. Out to Lunch! was to be his single, most unsettling masterpiece.
It's not an easy album to become fond of. It insinuates melodies before it cuts them short, it ruthlessly breaks up harmony into fragments and it stretches the limits of tonality to extremes, but perhaps its triumph is that it brings swing into a new era. By giving Davis and Williams space and freedom, Dolphy let swing become a by-product of interaction, not a conscious contrivance. The rhythmic complexity of the record knew no precedent.
I confess I hadn`t played Out To Lunch for some while. Hearing it again has been little short of a major revelation. Not only does the band as an entity embody the spirit of this music with flair and anything but po-faced aplomb, it accompanies Dolphy on a musical journey that sounds at once both uncharted and pre-ordained.
Eric Dolphy (1928-64, of diabetes) has something of a reputation as an intellectual loner in the landscape of 60s jazz, but listening to this restlessly warm-hearted music one has to wonder why. He was courted by both Mingus & Coltrane, and did fine work for them, but the proof of the pudding...quite plainly, when all is said and done, Dolphy was a musician (heard here on alto sax, flute & bass clarinet) who obviously ached to communicate, and who put little between himself & the listener other than a keen intelligence and a refusal to talk down.
There`s not a track, nor a single moment, on this captivating, timeless disc that will not repay many hearings; a vital link in the flexible mutation from the more traditional mainstream of jazz to what we now, rather superficially, call Modern Jazz. But forget labels. Listen...
This is classic jazz. A great album. Do, please, hear it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eric Dolphy is a name on a recording that guarantees quality. He was a fabulous member of John Coltrane and Charles Mingus performances but wasn't well represented by recordings... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I definitely have to be in the right mood to listen to this one, but it is an absolute monster.Published 14 months ago by TheShadow
A great fusion of melody and free jazz - just the ticket for me. This is the first time I have listened to Eric Dolby - I bought the record on a whim - and I am impressed - this... Read morePublished 20 months ago by James
This is often considered a classic of the Jazz genre I put it on to see why and I can see why Eric dolphy manages to nick elements of different types of jazz including free kind... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cubby Kovu
Classic, but not easy listening. I bought it mainly for the cover art and the title. However, if you've been playing jazz in the background for guests and want them to leave, just... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jl Renals