Friday, January 26, 2018

Eric Dolphy - 1981 - Stockholm Sessions

Eric Dolphy 
Stockholm Sessions

01. Loss 3:58
02. Sorino 12:00
03. Ann 4:11
04. God Bless The Child 5:26
05. Alone 5:19
06. Geewee 6:00
07. Don't Blame Me 12:07

Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute – Eric Dolphy
Bass – Jimmy Woode
Drums – Sture Kallin
Piano – Knud Jörgensen, Rune Öfwerman
Trumpet – Idrees Sulieman

The first session was recorded on September 25, 1961: A1, A2, B3
The second session was recorded on November 19, 1961 for a TV special called "Eric in Town": A3, A4, B1, B2
Location for both was the Swedish Broadcast station, Stockholm.

In his brief career, Eric Dolphy found - like far too many other jazz musicians - that his fortunes fared better in Europe than in North America; hence the large number of recordings from the continent available under his name. This one is distinguished by the inclusion of a generous helping of Dolphy's own compositions, as well as by some fine playing. "Left Alone" is one of the Maestro's great flute performances, and "Serene" (in two versions here) dovetails nicely with "Geewee"(GW) and "Miss Ann" to offer a well-rounded picture of Dolphy the composer. Recommended for those already drawn to Dolphy's dark genius. Awesome stuff!

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