At the Gaslight Inn
October 7, 1962
Ed Armour TP
Eric Dolphy BCL,FL
Herbie Hancock P
Richard Davis B
Edgar Bateman D
Joe Carrol Vo
Eric Allan Dolphy (June 20, 1928 – June 29, 1964) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist. Dolphy was one of several groundbreaking jazz alto players to rise to prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists.
His improvisational style was characterized by the use of wide intervals based largely on the twelve tone scale, in addition to using an array of extended techniques to reproduce human- and animal-like effects which almost literally made his instruments speak. Although Dolphy's work is sometimes classified as free jazz, his compositions and solos had a logic uncharacteristic of many other free jazz musicians of the day; even as such, he was considered an avant-garde improviser. In the years after his death, his music was described as being "too out to be in and too in to be out."
Dolphy posthumously became an inductee of the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1964.
This rare session marks the sole recording of the collaboration between
two of the most innovative composers and musicians in jazz. A valuable
release of great historical importance."
By Tom Sandleberg, Downbeat.
In the fall of 1962, multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy invited keyboard genius Herbie Hancock to join his band. Although their association wouldn't last beyond the year and would produce only one live recording, the intensity of their encounter and the undeniable importance of both musicians as forward thinkers, make this a momentous historical collaboration. Widely regarded as two of the most influential and innovative musicians and composers in jazz history, Dolphy's tragically brief career marks a sharp contrast to Hancock's nearly 50 years in the industry. This rare edition features the one-and-only recording of their groundbreaking quintet for the first time ever on CD.
ALSO SAID, BY (some one called) ** co_existence **
Having more or less dismissed this record as hardly listenable because of the poor sound quality and having decided to give it another try because of the notion of a different issue being released by someone, I find myself pleasantly surprised. It's an unprofessional live recording from a club named The Gaslight Inn in 1962 and - yes - the sound IS poor but Dolphy's solos are way audible enough to justify several issues and for a Dolphy enthusiast - like myself - that's what really counts. Herbie Hancock suffers the most from the sound here: The piano sounds both out of tune AND badly recorded. As far as I know Dolphy and Hancock only recorded together on one other occasion: The Illinois Concert. Non of these recordings does much justice to Hancock, unfortunately. Having said that, do get this one - or preferably the new issue: "Gaslight 1962" - if you have room for yet another breathtaking document of Dolphy in performance in your collection.