The Complete Prestige Recordings

Eric Dolphy

The Complete Prestige Recordings 9PRCD 4418 2
  • CAT # 9PRCD-4418-25

    DISC ONE  
    1. G.W. 7:58
    2. On Green Dolphin Street 5:46
    3. Les 5:13
    4. 245 6:50
    5. Glad To Be Unhappy 5:28
    6. Miss Toni 5:41
    7. April Fool 4:11
    8. G.W. (Take 1) 12:10
    9. 245 (Alternate Take 1) 8:10
    10. Screamin' The Blues 10:59
    11. March On, March On 5:00
    DISC TWO  
    1. The Drive 5:49
    2. The Meetin' 6:43
    3. Three Seconds 6:25
    4. Alto-itis 4:59
    5. Lautir 4:04
    6. Curtsy 5:52
    7. Geo's Tune 7:13
    8. They All Laughed 5:08
    9. Head Shakin' 10:46
    10. Dianna 9:07
    11. Out There 6:54
    DISC THREE  
    1. Serene 7:00
    2. The Baron 2:56
    3. Eclipse 2:44
    4. 17 West 4:48
    5. Sketch Of Melba 4:38
    6. Feathers 5:00
    7. Caribe 10:07
    8. Blues In 6/8 5:44
    9. First Bass Line 4:06
    10. Mambo Ricci 6:56
    11. Spring Is Here 5:07
    12. Sunday Go Meetin' 5:50
    13. Trane Whistle 6:18
    14. Whole Nelson 3:33
    DISC FOUR  
    1. You Are Too Beautiful 5:11
    2. Stolen Moments 7:52
    3. Walk Away 5:25
    4. Jaws 4:37
    5. Mrs. Parker Of K.C. (Bird's Mother) 8:01
    6. Ode To Charlie Parker 8:43
    7. Far Cry 3:53
    8. Miss Ann 4:16
    9. Left Alone 6:41
    10. Tenderly 4:19
    11. It's Magic 5:40
    12. Serene 6:38
    13. Images 5:45
    DISC FIVE  
    1. Six And Four 7:15
    2. Mama Lou 5:02
    3. Ralph's New Blues 9:54
    4. Straight Ahead 5:33
    5. 111-44 3:26
    6. Rally 5:41
    7. Bass Duet 5:42
    8. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise 7:38
    9. Where? 6:00
    10. Yes, Indeed 5:50
    11. Saucer Eyes 5:07
    12. Status Seeking 8:52
    DISC SIX  
    1. Duquility 4:09
    2. Thirteen 4:42
    3. We Diddit 4:23
    4. Warm Canto 5:37
    5. Warp And Woof 5:36
    6. Fire Waltz 7:58
    7. Like Someone In Love 19:42
    8. God Bless The Child 5:34
    9. Aggression 16:45
    DISC SEVEN  
    1. Fire Waltz 13:25
    2. Bee Vamp 12:22
    3. The Prophet 21:15
    4. Booker's Waltz 14:36
    5. Status Seeking 13:20
    DISC EIGHT  
    1. Number Eight (Potsa Lotsa) 15:34
    2. Bee Vamp (Alternate Take) 10:04
    3. Don't Blame Me 11:09
    4. When Lights Are Low 12:11
    5. Don't Blame Me (Take 2) 11:45
    6. Miss Ann 5:56
    7. The Way You Look Tonight 9:09
    DISC NINE  
    1. Woody'n You 10:25
    2. Laura 12:12
    3. Glad To Be Unhappy 6:18
    4. God Bless The Child 7:09
    5. In The Blue (Takes 1, 2 & 3) 16:59
    6. Hi-Fly 13:28
    7. Oleo 7:23

Only six years separated Eric Dolphy's first public recognition as a member of Chico Hamilton's Quintet and premature death on June 29, 1964, but during that short period the remarkable Los Angeles-born multi-instrumentalist created enough unique music to inspire several generations of players. Not only did Dolphy have instantly recognizable yet very different sounds on alto, bass clarinet (a horn that he virtually introduced to jazz as a solo instrument), and flute, but he developed his own musical vocabulary with it original logic and innovative approach to harmony.

The busiest period of Eric Dolphy's too-brief career was during 1960 and 1961 when his recordings as a leader were made exclusively for Prestige and its New Jazz subsidiary. On the definitive nine-CD boxed set, all of Dolphy's Prestige/New Jazz sessions are reissued complete and in chronological order, including the albums Outward Bound, Here and There, Out There, Caribé, Far Cry, Straight Ahead, and Eric Dolphy in Europe as well as the marathon Five Spot sessions with trumpeter Booker Little, and dates as a sideman with Oliver Nelson, Ken McIntyre, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Ron Carter, and Mal Waldron. Among the other notable musicians heard on these timeless performances are trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Richard Williams, tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin, pianists Jaki Byard, Richard Wyands, Walter Bishop, Jr. and Mal Waldron, bassists George Duvivier, Sam Jones, and Richard Davis, and drummers Roy Haynes, Charlie Persip, Arthur Taylor, and Ed Blackwell.

Over three decades later Eric Dolphy's music is still stimulating, exciting, and fresh. It was clearly ahead of its time.

Produced by ERIC MILLER

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