Monday, September 14, 2009

Dolphy's Last Recordings, 1964

He was a prince among men, they say. He had a singularly individual conception of music; though he played within a conventional chord structure his note selection did not always conform. He was good friends with John Coltrane. He was highlighted in bands led by Chico Hamilton, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane as well as sharing the lead in an outstanding band with Booker Little. He led a recording session for Blue Note Records which yeilded one of the touchstones of modern jazz - Out To Lunch. He died in a diabetic coma at the age of thirty-six while in Berlin in 1964.

What we have here is a live concert which was previously released as a bootleg in 1993. The music was recorded at Le Chat Qui Pêche, Paris on June 11, 1964. The personnel is: Eric Dolphy (as, bcl); Donald Byrd (tr); Nathan Davis (ts); Jack Diéval (pno);Jacques Hess (bass); Franco Manzecchi (dr); Jacky Bambou (congas on 2, 3).

The setlist is as follows:

Springtime [19:20](bcl)
245 [10:05](as)
GW [6:10](as)
Serene [7:58](bcl)

All of the compositions are by Eric Dolphy.


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