Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Eric Dolphy (1928-1964)


“When you hear music, after it’s over, it’s gone, in the air, you can never capture it again.”- Eric Dolphy

To say that Eric Dolphy was simply a great saxophonist would be an understatement. Dolphy stretched the limits of what traditional bebop had to offer and bridged the way to avante-garde without totally ignoring chordal improvisation. Dolphy often experimented with, at the time, unique instrumentation by incorporating his expert flute and bass clarinet playing into his arrangements, which usually showcased his use of harmonic dissonance. Unfortunately, like many greats, Eric Dolphy died at the age of 36 from undiagnosed diabetes.







MP3: "Burning Spear"
by Eric Dolphy from Iron Man (Fresh Sound, 1963)
MP3: "Mambo Ricci"
by The Latin Jazz Quartet w/Eric Dolphy from Caribe (Prestige, 1961)

4 Comments:

Blogger matt said...

Another great post! Dolphy is just so damn great. I'm most fond of his avant and avant leaning stuff (and i'm always a sucker for bass clarinet), but Caribe is a fantastic album.

btw, did you catch the Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbeque (Zappa/Mothers) discussion over @ xanax taxi??

and on that note -- just saw yr reponse to my comment re: 1st Chase Lp. too late to get to it tonite, but I'll send it off tomorrow (you'll enjoy it!!)

p.s. don't know if you are familiar w/ DJ Cam, the french turntablist who put out a classic downtempo / abstract jazz album, Mad Blunted Jazz back in '95. anyway, one of the tracks samples Dolphy's quote about music in the air then . . .gone. its pretty cool. Cam has lately done some neo soul ("Soulshines") w/ mixed results. He had a great interview quote saying all he wanted to do was become the French Quincy Jones! (ha!)

9:38 PM  
Blogger matt said...

Hey Chris -- just realized i don't have your email. send me an email ( djdurutti@gmail.com ) and i'll ysi email you the introduction from the 1st Chase Lp. -- thnx

5:57 PM  
Blogger Rod... said...

Like this very much! Dolphy never got his full due I don't think - yet the man could stand his ground with coleman and coltrane and co...

5:07 AM  
Blogger Chris C. said...

Matt,
Thanks for the Chase. Sounds awesome!

9:51 AM  

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