Eric Dolphy – Iron Man

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Although this 1963 date features some of the same musicians – Bobby Hutcherson, Richard Davis- as the following year’s “Out To Lunch”, it’s nowhere near as elegant as the celebrated Blue Note album.Some might find Eric Dolphy to be a bit forbidding–abstract and explosive in the same measure, and somewhat humorless like his mentor John Coltrane, but without Coltrane’s rhaposdic qualities or pan-world aspect. At the same time, Dolphy’s formidable improvising cuts right through the difficult maze his harmonic concept erects. He rarely gets bogged down in that marginal, beat, occasionally despairing world of the free jazzers. With Dolphy, seriousness can be liberating; he makes being difficult a beautiful way to go, and nowhere as much as this occasionally clunky but richly rewarding session which is the epitome of “post bop.”

Personnel: Eric Dolphy (bass clarinet); Prince Lasha (flute); Clifford Jordan (soprano saxophone); Woody Shaw Jr. (trumpet); Richard Davis (bass); Bobby Hutcherson (vibes); Eddie Kahn (bass); J.C. Moses (drums); Huey Simmons (alto saxophone).

Tracklist

01. Iron Man
02. Mandrake
03. Come Sunday
04. Burning Spear
05. Ode to C.P.

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