Eric Dolphy – Classic Down Beat Archives
From the Down Beat archives comes this 1964 tribute to the iconic reedman Eric Dolphy, who died suddenly earlier that year in Germany:
I was in the audience at the Newport Jazz Festival when Max Roach announced his death before launching into his “We Insist: Freedom Now Suite.” It was a sad day for the music.
Eric Dolphy, during Dolphy’s Out to Lunch recording session, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 25, 1964 (photo by Francis Wolff)
Eric Dolphy with Mal Waldron - Warm Canto (1961)
“Warm Canto” is a sensuous, “warm” Waldron composition that brings to mind the work of classical composer Ferde Grofe. Eric Dolphy’s rare and masterful appearance on clarinet is relaxed, serene, and profoundly beautiful.
Richard Davis during Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, February 25, 1964 (photo by Francis Wolff)
Tony Williams (age 18) during Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, February 25, 1964 (photo by Francis Wolff)
Eric Dolphy and Kenny Dorham during Andrew Hill’s Point of Departure session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, March 21 1964 (photo by Francis Wolff)
Three views of Eric Dolphy at the recording session for Andrew Hill’s Point of Departure session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, March 21 1964 (photos by Francis Wolff)
Jackie McLean - Poor Eric (1965)
From Ira Gitler’s original liner notes:
These tracks are, however, representative of but one side of McLean’s artistry. No better complement to this could there be than the haunting “Poor Eric,” a dream-like dirge penned by Larry Willis and dedicated to the memory of the late Eric Dolphy.
From Bob Blumenthal’s RVG liner notes:
“Poor Eric,” one of the most heart-rending themes of what was a very fertile period for jazz composition, was tailor-made for the saxophonist’s undisguised anguish, and the decision to have Bob Cranshaw bow the melody in unison with the leader makes the sense of loss even more acute.
Two views of Eric Dolphy in concert, Bologna Italy, 1964, with Charles Mingus, a few months before his death