jueves, 9 de julio de 2009

Eric Dolphy & Booker Little - At The Five Spot, vol. 1 (RVG Remasters)

After having left the ensemble of Charles Mingus and upon working with John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy formed a short-lived but potent quintet with trumpeter Booker Little, who would pass away three months after this recording. Despite all of the obstacles and subsequent tragedy, this quintet became legendary over the years -- justifiably so -- and developed into a role model for all progressive jazz combos to come. The combined power of Dolphy and Little -- exploring overt but in retrospect not excessive dissonance and atonality -- made them a target for critics but admired among the burgeoning progressive post-bop scene. With the always stunning shadings of pianist Mal Waldron, the classical-cum-daring bass playing of Richard Davis, and the colorful drumming of alchemistic Ed Blackwell, there was no stopping this group. Live at the legendary Five Spot Café in New York City, this band set the Apple, and the entire jazz world on their collective ears. "Fire Waltz" demonstrates perfectly how the bonfire burns from inside the soul of these five brilliant provocateurs, as Dolphy's sour alto and Little's dour trumpet signify their new thing. Dolphy's solo is positively furious, while Blackwell nimbly switches up sounds within the steady 3/4 beat. "Bee Vamp" does not buzz so much as it roars in hard bop trim. A heavy tandem line breaks and separates in the horn parts like booster rockets. Blackwell is even more amazing, and Dolphy's ribald bass clarinet set standards that still influences players of the instrument. Where "The Prophet" is a puckery blues, it is also open armed with minor phrasings and stretched harmonics. This is where Waldron and Davis shine in their terra cotta facades of roughly hewn accompaniments to Dolphy and Little's bold flavored statements. A shorter alternate take of "Bee Vamp" is newly available, shorter by two-and-a-half minutes and with a clipped introductory melody. Most hail this first volume, and a second companion album from the same sessions, as music that changed the jazz world as much as Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane's innovative excursions of the same era. All forward thinking and challenged listeners need to own these epic club dates.

1.- Fire Waltz
2.- Bee Vamp
3.- The Prophet
4.- Bee Vamp (alternate take)

Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone & bass clarinet); Booker Little (trumpet); Mal Waldron (piano); Richard Davis (bass); Eddie Blackwell (drums).

Recorded at The Five Spot, NYC, on July 16, 1961.

13 comentarios:

Travis dijo...


Neroon001 dijo...

I used to own this on vinyl years ago and for one reason or another never got around to replacing it.IMHO this is one of my desert island recordings and shame on me for taking so long to replace it.Thank you for sharing this and reminding me that I should replace this as soon as possible.

1Surfrider dijo...

Thanks for this.

BigD dijo...

Thanks for giving me a chance to listen to this LP with Ed Blackwell. Growning up in New Orleans all you hear is how great Blackwell was but I never had a chance to hear him until now.

kike hurtado dijo...

Gracias Travis

siempre es un placer escuchar el talento y la sonoridad de Dolphy, y este directo remasterizado me viene de película este comienzo de semana. Enhorabuena!

saludos fraternos, Kike.

kike hurtado dijo...

Estimado Travis,

pues te felicito nuevamente, suena bestial, de miedo!

has hecho de mi dia un dia invernal lúdico y más liviano. Oh, cómo suena este par Little y Dolphy.

Si fuera posible, el volumen dos de este registro, si no fuera molestia...claro.

un abrazo, continua con tu excelente blog, que está la raja!


Travis dijo...

Descuida, subiré el otro volumen esta semana. Sin duda se encuentra entre mis diez conciertos favoritos. Gracias por tu fidelidad. Un saludo.

rozo dijo...

ah ...too late...great recordings I had on vynil...great great

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