Eric Dolphy – Out There


By the time of this 1960 recording, only his second as a leader, Dolphy has already dispensed with the “traditional” jazz instrumentation. With bassist George Duvivier and drummer Roy Haynes holding down the rhythm, Ron Carter moves to the frontline armed with a cello, joining Dolphy as he switches from alto to bass clarinet to regular clarinet to flute. Out There catches Dolphy at a significant crossroads: The music is more ambitious and more jagged than on its predecessor Outward Bound, but more cohesive and less aurally challenging than on his 1964 master work, Out to Lunch. Dolphy’s improvisations—on each instrument–are bursting with creative, far-reaching ideas, expressive wails, and frenetic flurries while Carter’s eerie arco (bowed) cello ambles quietly, sometimes melancholy, sometimes menacing. Dolphy’s four originals show his absorption of Mingus—especially on the blues distortion of “Serene”—and provide perfect blueprints for his bizarre constructions. The quartet also handles one tune from Mingus himself (the ruminating “Eclipse”) plus Randy Weston’s fragile “Sketch of Melba.”


01. Out There
02. Serene
03. The Baron
04. Eclipse
05. 17 West
06. Sketch Of Melba
07. Feathers

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4 Responses to “Eric Dolphy – Out There”

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