Ted Curson remembers, "That really broke me up. When Eric got sick on that date [in Berlin], and him being black and a jazz musician, they thought he was a junkie. Eric didn't use any drugs. He was a diabetic — all they had to do was take a blood test and they would have found that out. So he died for nothing. They gave him some detox stuff and he died, and nobody ever went into that club in Berlin again. That was the end of that club".
Charles Mingus said, "Usually, when a man dies, you remember—or you say you remember—only the good things about him. With Eric, that's all you could remember.
I don't remember any drags he did to anybody. The man was absolutely without a need to hurt. Dolphy was engaged to marry Joyce Mordecai, a classically trained dancer. Before he left for Europe in , Dolphy left papers and other effects with his friends Hale and Juanita Smith. Eventually much of this material was passed on to the musician James Newton.
It was announced in May that five boxes of music papers had been donated to the Library of Congress. Dolphy's musical presence was influential to many young jazz musicians who would later become prominent. Dolphy worked intermittently with Ron Carter and Freddie Hubbard throughout his career, and in later years he hired Herbie Hancock , Bobby Hutcherson and Woody Shaw to work in his live and studio bands. Out to Lunch! Carter, Hancock and Williams would go on to become one of the quintessential rhythm sections of the decade, both together on their own albums and as the backbone of Miles Davis 's second great quintet.
This aspect of the second great quintet is an ironic footnote for Davis, who was antithetical of Dolphy's music: in a Down Beat "Blindfold Test", Miles quipped: "The next time I see [Dolphy] I'm going to step on his foot. Dolphy's virtuoso instrumental abilities and unique style of jazz, deeply emotional and free but strongly rooted in tradition and structured composition, heavily influenced such musicians as Anthony Braxton , members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago , Oliver Lake , Julius Hemphill , Arthur Blythe , Aki Takase , Rudi Mahall , and Don Byron.
Dolphy was posthumously inducted into the Down Beat magazine Hall of Fame in John Coltrane paid tribute to Dolphy in an interview: "Whatever I'd say would be an understatement. I can only say my life was made much better by knowing him. He was one of the greatest people I've ever known, as a man, a friend, and a musician. Authorized releases are those issued with Dolphy's input and approval, with all but the Blue Note LP appearing in Dolphy's lifetime.
Posthumous releases are listed by recording date, rather than release date. Some releases with Dolphy as a sideman were issued much later than the date of the recording session. With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. With Andrew Hill. Recording Date April 1, - September 6, Track Listing. Status Seeking. Mal Waldron.
Eric Dolphy. God Bless the Child. April Fool. Azure is the first of three extended play albums of compositions which will be released starting in January and followed up in April and July. Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how. Reset your password Click the eye to show your password.
Membership has its privileges. Learn more. Customer reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Audio CD. If you have all of the above releases, or most of them, this disc may have little to tempt you, except perhaps that it collects this music in the clearest, most natural sound.
However, I think there are probably going to be a fair number of people who just have the domestic FIVE SPOT releases and are considering this album to complete that gig. The title they chose referred to the fact that the album would collect material from "here" the New York FIVE SPOT recordings plus a studio outtake and from "there" the track from the Copenhagen concerts of The order in which the Five Spot recordings originally came out seems to have been the luck of the draw rather than anything to do with merit.
They are completely essential Dolphy, and the version of "God Bless the Child" is at least as good as the more famous version recorded in Copenhagen. On their own, these two tracks totaling about 20 minutes make this CD a worthwhile purchase. The rest is just a bonus, but it's very fine. The two studio tracks aren't as exalted as the Five Spot material, but the boppy blues "April Fool" is a fine display of Dolphy's inventiveness on flute, and the take of "G.
The title of this release may suggest odds and ends, but the contents form a surprisingly essential -- and above all listenable -- whole, one of my most-played Dolphy CDs. I have always mixed feelings about "mixed" albums. Part of this albums comes from the Outward Bound recordings, part from the European live album with a Copenhagen rhythm section, the first two tracks were recorded at the Five Spot concert.
All these tracks are good in itself, but they don't really fit together. But if you like the Five Spot recordings, you should buy this album to complete them or buy the complete prestige recordings where you'll find all the concert recordings together. You should hear Dolphy's unaccompagnied bass clarinet version of "God bless the child". See all 2 customer reviews.
Write a customer review.Aug 23, · Certain European gray-market releases of the Dolphy/Little quintet Five Spot recordings have included the first two tracks here, "Status Seeking" and "God Bless the Child." The Rudy Van Gelder edition of Dolphy's debut album, OUTWARD BOUND, includes "April Fool" and the alternate take of "G.W." among its bonus tracks/5(2).
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