Out There/Outward Bound [Remaster]
Performer: Eric Dolphy
Artist: Ron Carter; George Duvivier; Roy Haynes
Engineer: Rudy VanGelder...
Producer: Esmond Edwards...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Personnel: Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, b-flat & bass clarinets); Ron Carter (cello); George Duvivier (bass); Roy Haynes (drums). Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 16, 1960. Originally released on New Jazz (8252). Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg. This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players. Personnel: Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, b-flat & bass clarinets); Ron Carter (cello); George Duvivier (bass); Roy Haynes (drums). Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 16, 1960. Originally released on New Jazz (8252). Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg. Personnel: Eric Dolphy (flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone); Ron Carter (cello); George Duvivier (upright bass); Roy Haynes (drums). The follow-up album to Outward Bound, Eric Dolphy's second effort for the Prestige/New Jazz label (and later remastered by Rudy Van Gelder) was equally praised and vilified for many reasons. At a time when the "anti-jazz" tag was being tossed around, Dolphy's nonlinear, harshly harmonic music gave some critics grist for the grinding mill. A second or third listen to Dolphy's music reveals an unrepentant shadowy side, but also depth and purpose that were unprecedented and remain singularly unique. The usage of bassist George Duvivier and cellist Ron Carter (an idea borrowed from Dolphy's days with Chico Hamilton) gives the music its overcast color base, in many ways equally stunning and uninviting. Dolphy's ideas must be fully embraced, taken to heart, and accepted before listening. The music reveals the depth of his thought processes while also expressing his bare-bones sensitive and kind nature. The bluesy "Serene," led by Carter alongside Dolphy's bass clarinet, and the wondrous ballad "Sketch of Melba" provide the sweetest moments, the latter tune identified by the fluttery introspective flute of the leader, clearly indicating where latter-period musicians like James Newton initially heard what would form their concept. Three pieces owe alms to Charles Mingus: his dark, moody, doleful, melodic, and reluctant composition "Eclipse"; the co-written (with Dolphy) craggy and scattered title track featuring Dolphy's emblematic alto held together by the unflappable swing of drummer Roy Haynes; and "The Baron," the leader's dark and dirty, wise and willful tribute to his former boss, accented by a choppy and chatty solo from Carter. "17 West," almost a post-bop standard, is briefly tonal with a patented flute solo and questioning cello inserts, while the unexpected closer written by Hale Smith, "Feathers," is a haunting, soulful ballad of regret where Dolphy's alto is more immediately heard in the foreground. A somber and unusual album by the standards of any style of music, Out There explores Dolphy's vision in approaching the concept of tonality in a way few others -- before, concurrent, or after -- have ever envisioned. ~ Michael G. Nastos
Eric Dolphy's profound impact on jazz might have been even greater had he lived past 38. A major force on alto sax, flute, and bass clarinet, Dolphy performed and recorded with such leading musicians as Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman, and he also recorded several landmark albums as a leader. Perhaps his most significant recording as a leader is the landmark 1964 album OUT TO LUNCH, an avant-garde jazz statement that stood at the vanguard of the '60s "new thing" movement. Although he is sometimes associated with the free-jazz movement, his style is perhaps best described as a radical extension of bebop, but it defies category.
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