Eric Dolphy: Something Sweet, Something Tender


Something Sweet, Something Tender


Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet)


Out to Lunch (Blue Note: CDP 7 46524 2 DIDX 1136)

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Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Bobby Hutcherson (vibes), Richard Davis (bass), Tony Williams (drums).

Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, February 25, 1964


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Eric Dolphy, artwork by Michael Symonds

Eric Dolphy stands alone in the jazz pantheon. There I said it! While there is no shortage of iconoclasts in the music, few turn my head like Dolphy. This piece, from his last recording just months before his tragic death, is a shining example of that uniqueness. Itís more like jazz chamber music than the blues, and the choice of players and their placement really shows off his compositional genius.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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  • 1 The Master // Apr 23, 2009 at 10:08 PM
    Dolphy was indeed a very rare talent. Massively influential, admired by listeners and fellow musicians, and appeared on some of the most important albums of the era.