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Eric Dolphy

Eric Allan Dolphy was a jazz musician who played alto saxophone, flute and bass clarinet.

Dolphy was one of several groundbreaking jazz alto players to rise to prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists; he is arguably the greatest jazz improviser on either instrument. On early recordings, he occasionally played traditional B-flat soprano clarinet. His improvisational style was characterized by a near volcanic flow of ideas, utilizing wide intervals based largely on the 12-tone scale, in addition to using an array of animal- like effects which almost made his instruments speak. Although Dolphy's work is sometimes classified as free jazz, his compositions and solos had a logic uncharacteristic of many other free jazz musicians of the day; even as such, he was definitively avant-garde. In the years after his death his music was more aptly described as being “too out to be in and too in to be out.”

Dolphy was born in Los Angeles and was educated at Los Angeles City College. He performed locally for several years, most notably as a member of the big band led by Roy Porter. Dolphy finally had his big break as a member of Chico Hamilton's quintet, with Hamilton he became known to a wider audience and was able to tour extensively through 1958, when he parted ways with Hamilton and moved to New York City.

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Dom Minasi
guitar
Jorge Sylvester
saxophone, alto
Orhan Demir
guitar
Out to Lunch Quintet
band/orchestra
Dafna Naphtali
voice / vocals
Hasan Abdur-Razzaq
saxophone, alto
Lori Bell
flute
Dan Wilensky
saxophone
Michel Banabila
electronics
John Pietaro
percussion
Dorian Wallace
composer/conductor
John Purcell
saxophone, alto
Oguz Buyukberber
clarinet, bass
Robert Dunn
guitar, acoustic
Jason Quick
guitar
Steven Faivus
saxophone, alto
Marc Beaudin, poet
poet/spoken word
Angela on the Arts
band/orchestra
Chris Buono
guitar, electric
Federico Calcagno
clarinet, bass
Yiannis Papanastasiou
saxophone, alto
CHYKE MARTINS
saxophone
Jackson Cotugno
saxophone, tenor

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@ Bremen 1964 & 1975

Sunnyside Records
2020

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Musical Prophet: The...

Resonance Records
2018

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At The Five Spot...

Challenge Jazz
2012

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Out To Lunch!

Challenge Jazz
2012

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It's Magic!

Challenge Jazz
2012

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