Eric Dolphy: On Green Dolphin Street
On Green Dolphin Street
Eric Dolphy (bass clarinet)
Outward Bound (OJCCD-022-2)
Composed by Bronis?aw Kaper & Ned Washington.
Recorded: Englewood, NJ, April 1, 1960
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
With an almost tongue-in-cheek approach, the often dissonant Eric Dolphy lends his versatile talents to this unique and perhaps most endearing version of a 1947 classic song. Here he demonstrates his bass clarinet virtuosity. In the opening lines we hear an almost oom-pah bellow from the lowest register of this woody instrument. Dolphy, Byard, Tucker and Haynes set the background beat for the melody, which is played in brilliantly muted counterpoint by Freddie Hubbard. Dolphy then reiterates the melody on his unusual horn's upper register. The effect is startling. One almost feels this is a different instrument, such is the range of diverse sounds Dolphy summons from the depths of its core. After demonstrating his remarkable facility with a plethora of notes on a swinging solo, Dolphy yields to Hubbard, who plays a particularly nice muted, higher register trumpet solo with distinct bite, especially effective in contrast to Dolphy's cavernous sound. Following Tucker's short bass solo backed by the ever-so-discreet Haynes, the oom-pah bellow of Dolphy's bass clarinet returns before he again switches its sound to a stirring honking finale. Byard gently tinkles the ivories to close out this classic.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello