Friday, January 26, 2018

Eric Dolphy & Booker Little - 1964 - Memorial Album Recorded Live At The Five Spot

Eric Dolphy & Booker Little
Memorial Album Recorded Live At The Five Spot

01. Number Eight 16:00
02. Booker's Waltz 14:15

Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Eric Dolphy
Bass – Richard Davis
Drums – Eddie Blackwell
Piano – Mal Waldron
Trumpet – Booker Little

Recorded at New York summer 1961. Printed in 1964.

This is essentially Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot Volume Three, sadly released after the untimely deaths of both Dolphy and the young and dazzling trumpeter Booker Little. Clearly these are the lesser performances from the set. They still pack some pop. "Number Eight" is the better of the two performances, featuring great solos by Dolphy and Ed Blackwell on drums. The waltz on Side Two is a little too goofy for its own good at times. Dolphy's bass clarinet solo lacks the sizzle of the alto solo on "Number Eight." Dolphy completists will no doubt already have this. But for those slightly less enthusiastic, Dolphy's music always delivers something magical, and this Memorial Album does too.



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