Eric Dolphy – Vintage Dolphy


Eric Dolphy was a composer, arranger and instrumentalist in the vanguard of the new jazz of the early 1960s, leading his own groups and working with John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. This posthumous collection of some of Dolphy’s rarer, more obscure works gives a fine summation of what he’d done and what he was capable of.

Vintage Dolphy features him in some unusual contexts. A piano-less quartet (“Half Note Triplets”), recalls the Ornette Coleman Quartet of that time, while a freewheeling jam session with a fascinatingly diverse line-up (Don Ellis, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, and Lalo Schifrin), swings the Charlie Parker standard “Donna Lee.” There are several pieces composed by Gunther Schuller (who is equally at home with both jazz and classical music) for small chamber ensembles–these address Dolphy’s interest in 20th century classical music, and his (and Schuller’s) desire to bridge contemporary jazz and classical forms. “Variants on a Theme By Thelonious Monk” is an interesting recasting of Monk’s concepts, with Dolphy’s tart, vocalized horn wailing over a small jazz group and an understated string quartet.

Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York, New York on March 14 and April 18, 1963 and live at Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York on March 10, 1962.


01. Half Note Triplets
02. Ode To Charlie Parker
03. Iron Man
04. Densities
05. Night Music
06. Variants on a Theme by Thelonious Monk – Intro & Theme
07. Variants on a Theme by Thelonious Monk – Variant I
08. Variants on a Theme by Thelonious Monk – Variant II
09. Variants on a Theme by Thelonious Monk – Variant III
10. Variants on a Theme by Thelonious Monk – Variant IV
11. Abstraction
12. Donna Lee

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One Response to “Eric Dolphy – Vintage Dolphy”

  1. Peter says:

    Now DOLPHY! Always very special

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