The Bebop Shop : Destination Out! Beyond Bebop : Eric Dolphy
'An astonishingly accomplished performance' (The Penguin Guide To Jazz)
A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf Price: £9.99
Personnel : Eric Dolphy (as, b-cl, fl), Bent Axen (p), Erik Moseholm (b), Jørn Elniff (dr), Chuck Israels (b), Ronny Johansson (p), Kurt Lindgren (b), Rune Carlsson (d). (Discovery Records) Price: £17.99
As a bonus, there is a rare TV performance recording featuring Dolphy with the John Coltrane Quintet : McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman and Elvin Jones - recorded in Baden Baden in November, 1961 - at which they perform a 7+ minute version of Coltranes Impressions. (Discovery Records) Price: £11.99
The 3-CD package is beautifully designed and includes an exhaustive booklet replete with rare and never-before-published photos by Chuck Stewart, Jean-Pierre Leloir, Val Wilmer, Hans Harzheim, Lennart Steen, Roger Marshutz and many others, plus reproductions of the original album covers for Conversations and Iron Man.
Includes five essays that cover different aspects of Eric Dolphy and this music by jazz author/scholar Robin D.G. Kelley, Douglas label manager Michael Lemesre, Japanese Dolphy scholar Masakazu Sato, and co-producers Zev Feldman and James Newton, plus words by John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus. (Proper Music) Price: £27.99
Much of what remained of his final year was spent in the company of Mingus's touring band, but Dolphy seems much more at home with an awesome line-up typical of the "outside-in" sessions on Blue Note during the mid-sixties. Here, he is reunited with the trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who had played on Dolphy's Prestige debut, along with the percussive, chimings of Bobby Hutcherson's vibes and the freewheeling drums of Tony Williams. There is an incredible sense of fun and warmth in these performances which display exceptional unity and cohesion yet remain utterly free of the strictures of harmony or rhythm. 'Hat And Beard' sees Dolphy paying homage to the great pianist Thelonius Monk and 'Gazzelloni', a tribute to the classical musician Severiano, should be heard for an example of how utterly original Dolphy was as flautist. (Album Leaves, the BIRDpages Record Review)
A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf Price: £8.99
Limited Edition, 180g Pressing.