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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult going., 14 Jan. 2004
By A Customer
This review is from: Out To Lunch (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (Audio CD)
I came to this music on the strength of the recommendations which it recieved. When I listened to it about four times and discarded it initially I thought that it was very thin on melody or much in the way of preconcieved quality music. Certainly, I could hear nothing to warrant the extreme praise which I have seen it recieve.
Returning to it months later, I began to warm to the first two tracks, the second of which being my favorite at present. Perhaps it was simply because I was not initially used to Dolphy's style that it took so long for me to get used to it.
It occured to me then that, if like me you are new to this huge genre, then there are so many high quality records which don't require so much effort, why not chose them instead?
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Initial post: 13 May 2010 10:40:32 BDT
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Posted on 15 Jul 2010 16:05:45 BDT
I think it is a fair enough review based on my experiences with the album. I got it recently but have only listened to it one so far and its not what I thought it would be based on the reviews. I will obviously give it more chances but I found that there wasn't much to latch on to, it might be a bit too "free" for me, who knows.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2010 23:14:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jul 2010 23:28:25 BDT
TomtheTall says:
Dolphy's later works were a departure from what was considered "the norm" in jazz... not so much free as abstract. The sources of these strong recommendations could have told you Out to Lunch is not one of those "records which don't require so much effort", as you put it... it's not meant to be.

If you are new to this kind of music it is, admittedly, not the easiest place to start.

Posted on 7 Aug 2011 18:04:30 BDT
Same happened to me. I found it dissonant, strident and lacking basic melody. However, the more I listen to it, the more I'm getting used to it, and right now it doesn't disturb me anymore.

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