Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Latin Jazz Quintet + Eric Dolphy - 1960 - Caribe

The Latin Jazz Quintet + Eric Dolphy 

01. Caribé 10:05
02. Blues In 6/8 5:46
03. First Bass Line 4:04
04. Mambo Ricci 6:54
05. Spring Is Here 5:00
06. Sunday Go Meetin' 5:48

Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 19, 1960.

Alto Saxophone, Flute, Bass Clarinet – Eric Dolphy
Bass – Bill Ellington
Congas – Juan Amalbert
Drums, Timbales – Manny Ramos
Piano – Gene Casey
Vibraphone – Charlie Simons

This record is the equivalent of throwing a stick of dynamite into a sedate, well-ordered dinner party, having the dynamite go off with a bang, and somehow leaving everything in its place. Such is the volatile Eric Dolphy, a serious wailer on the alto sax and even more idiosyncratic and radical on the bass clarinet, who barges into the lair of Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet and doesn't perturb them in the least. The title track is sheer schizophrenia, the LJQ ambling along in a conga-accented blues walk while Dolphy fires all over the place on alto sax. Even the more animated "Mambo Ricci" has the same kind of group dynamic; Dolphy on fire, Gene Casey calm and deliberate on piano. Only on "Spring Is Here," where Dolphy switches to a contemplative-toned flute, do we find a balanced meeting ground, though his flute solo on "Sunday Go Meetin'" goes back out on a limb. Not an ideal match, then, but fascinating without a doubt.

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