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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."

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Archive of Contemporary Music

Read "The Archive of Contemporary Music" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Lower Manhattan, sits a musical gold mine. It's the motherlode of recorded music though the small, brightly colored sign above a grey steel door provides only a cryptic clue. The dusty window display of rare 78 RPM records, broken into erratic pie charts serves as a vestige of the past and a cautionary tale about ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Oliver Nelson + Eric Dolphy

Oliver Nelson + Eric Dolphy

The blues were in Oliver Nelson's blood. Virtually everything he wrote and arranged had an indigo hue. But Nelson's original works weren't your average blues. They were blues cathedrals constructed with flying-buttress passages, gargoyle phrases and stained-glass voicings. When Nelson played the alto or tenor saxophone on these blues, there was a warm clarity to his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Alexander Hawkins e Marco Colonna Duo al Pinocchio di Firenze

Read "Alexander Hawkins e Marco Colonna Duo al Pinocchio di Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Alexander Hawkins & Marco Colonna Pinocchio Live Jazz 15.2.2020 Una delle ultime date della stagione del Pinocchio Jazz di Firenze prevedeva la prima assoluta del duo del pianista inglese Alexander Hawkins--passato qualche giorno prima in piano solo a pochi chilometri di distanza, a Prato per Metastasio Jazz--e del polistrumentista romano Marco Colonna. ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Two trio recordings with Yoko Miura

Read "Two trio recordings with Yoko Miura" reviewed by John Eyles

Tokyo-born Yoko Miura took classical piano lessons from the age of 5 to 18. Inspired by players such as Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy and Paul Bley she took classes in jazz. She was soon playing concerts in Japan with players like guitarist Ryouichi Saito, percussionist Jyunzo Tateiwa and shamisen & bassist Noribumi Uchida. By 2001 she ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Hard Bop / Avant-Garde Synergy of Andrew Hill (1963 - 1965)

Read "The Hard Bop / Avant-Garde Synergy of Andrew Hill (1963 - 1965)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Blue Note Records in the 1960s released such iconoclastic projects as Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures and Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch, but the label was best known for music on the Art Blakey--Horace Silver axis. As Ted Gioia has noted ..."other, less radical Blue Note releases showed that there could be a meeting point between hard ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor: iniziò a Verona

Read "Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor: iniziò a Verona" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La pubblicazione di quest'inedita incisione in studio documenta un momento storico: il magistrale e fugace confronto artistico tra Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor dell'estate 1992. I due protagonisti del free dettero il 25 giugno di quell'anno un concerto a Verona Jazz, nei giorni seguenti s'esibirono a Vienne (Francia) e subito dopo entrarono in studio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Schiller Quintet: Sonoran

Read "Sonoran" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The Sonoran Desert lies across the American Southwest and Northwestern Mexico. It is where bassist Andrew Schiller was born and it is the inspiration for the music on this CD he has written that draws from jazz, folk and classical sources. Schiller's quintet has a front line of tenor sax, alto sax and bass ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Vintage Dolphy

Read "Vintage Dolphy" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Vintage Dolphy appeared originally in 1986/7 on both vinyl and CD. Featuring recordings from three separate live performances from Eric Dolphy, two at Carnegie Hall, both with his own quartet and in two 'third stream' settings devised by Gunther Schuller, the album provided intriguing insights into Dolphy's improvisational skills and approach. Were this not enough, the ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part 1

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond The BASSics, Part 1" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The name Jimmy Haslip needs no introduction. So, he doesn't get one. Seriously, we had a lot of ground to cover and he had so many great stories and interesting asides to share that we are breaking the interview into two parts as it is. So, without further ado... All About Jazz: I ...


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