Silenced in Their Prime - Eric Dolphy & Booker Little (1961 - 1964)

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From his first recordings with Chico Hamilton in 1958 until his untimely death from misdiagnosed diabetic shock in 1964, Eric Dolphy was limited to only six years in which to record the music that has defined his extraordinary legacy. Previously, in this series, we have heard from Dolphy's great 1960 recording, Far Cry and his contributions to Charles Mingus's band. The final three years of this story includes recordings under the leadership of Oliver Nelson, Abbey Lincoln, Ron Carter, Mal Waldron, Max Roach, George Russell, Freddie Hubbard, and Andrew Hill; stints in bands led by John Coltrane and Charles Mingus; and a highly productive association with Booker Little, before the young trumpeter's premature death at 23 from complications resulting from uremia, in 1961. The last recordings of Eric Dolphy and Booker Little in this hour of Jazz at 100.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Oliver Nelson Septet "Stolen Moments" from The Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse) 2:58
  • Host speaks 11:40
  • Booker Little and His Quintet featuring Max Roach "We Speak" from Out Front (Candid) 13:11
  • Host speaks 19:52
  • Eric Dolphy—Booker Little Quintet "Fire Waltz" from At the Five Spot Vol. 1 (New Jazz) 22:38
  • Host speaks 35:50
  • Eric Dolphy Quintet "Hat and Beard" from Out to Lunch (Blue Note) 38:44
  • Eric Dolphy Quintet "Straight Up and Down" from Out to Lunch (Blue Note) 47:04
  • Host Outro 55:21

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