ERIC DOLPHY/OUT THERE
In 1960, the free jazz pioneered by Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Horace Tapscott, and a very few others was rejected by many musicians and most listeners. For the visionary saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist Eric Dolphy, it was simply new music fed by the mainstream, a logical extension of the jazz tradition. Recording with a pianoless quartet that used Ron Carter's cello as the other melody instrument, Dolphy worked from chord patterns developed within structures that depart from ordinary 32-bar jazz and popular song forms. Dolphy's speech-like improvisations and Carter's bowed or plucked cello solos soar over the impeccable and responsive accompaniments of bassist George Duvivier and drummer Roy Haynes. Now heard for the first time in SACD sound, Dolphy's boldness and daring reach across decades, challenging and stimulating listeners in a new century. Jazz is still catching up to Eric Dolphy.
Personnel: Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, b-flat & bass clarinets); Ron Carter (cello); George Duvivier (bass); Roy Haynes (drums). Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 16, 1960. Originally released on New Jazz (8252).
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