Friday, January 26, 2018

Eric Dolphy - 1966 - Here and There

Eric Dolphy 
Here and There

01. Status Seeking 11:30
02. God Bless The Child 5:16
03. April Fool 4:07
04. Don't Blame Me (Take 2) 13:30

Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone – Eric Dolphy
Bass – Richard Davis
Drums – Ed Blackwell
Piano – Mal Waldron
Trumpet – Booker Little
Bass – George Tucker
Drums – Roy Haynes
Piano – Jaki Byard
Bass – Erik Moseholm
Drums – Jorn Elniff
Piano – Bent Axen

A1, A2 recorded on July 16, 1961 at the Five Spot, New York City;
B1 recorded on April 1, 1960 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs;
B2 recorded on September 6, 1961 in Berlingske Has, Copenhagen.

Compiled from several sessions, but frankly this is quite a treasure for Eric Dolphy fans. "Status Seeking" is a really interesting outtake from the sessions with Little/Waldron/Davis/Blackwell that yielded At the Five Spot, Vol. 1, so if you like that band be sure to check that tune out! "God Bless the Child" is from the same session but played solo by Dolphy on bass clarinet (one of several solo versions of that standard), very beautiful. 

"April Fool", an outtake from the Outward Bound sessions, is played pretty straightforward and has some really nice sonorities between flute and piano (Jaki Byard). The remaining "Don't Blame Me" is from a live gig in Copenhagen with local Danish musicians. (The CD version I have as part of Seven Classic Albums adds an alternate take of G.W. from Outward Bound.)

The A-Side is my pick here, but that depends on your Dolphyan taste. In any case, don't skip this one if you like the man!

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