Tuesday, November 23, 2004

don't blame me


dolphy
Originally uploaded by thebeathunters.
ERIC DOLPHY: DON'T BLAME ME
from the stockholm sessions, 1961
enja records, 1988
i won't dare to try to write anything smart about eric dolphy. i discovered him thru john coltrane's records and fell for his music immediately (the love supreme sessions of course) but the record that really did it for me is a live performance of coltrane's quartet in stockholm in 1961.
COVER
they play "my favorite things" for the zillionth time, the recording is pretty bad.
the tyner/reggie workman/jones rythm section sounds like an earthquake in the back, coltrane's chorus goes across the universe and beyond, then dolphy's flute solo comes out of nowhere and brings peace back to earth.
as many american jazz musicians, dolphy seemed to enjoy europe's scene and consideration for his music. in 1961, a tv special titled "eric in town" brought him in the swedish broadcast station in stockholm with rune öwferman on piano, jimmy woode on bass and sture kallin on drums. his flute playing on this standard is "notably fluid and imaginative".
it's one of my favorite dolphy tracks you can enjoy at 192 kb/s.
the genius died in berlin in 1964, he was 36.
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2 comments:

Tuwa said...

Buttery good. Wow.

Nick Francis said...

I second that emotion :-). Thanks.

My first encounter with Dolphy was on Oliver Nelson's "Blues & The Abstract Truth". For some reason, I thought his recorded output was minimal; boy was I wrong. There are dozens of his recordings available on amazon right now.