Eric Dolphy: Conversations [Coloured Vinyl 1LP]

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Avant Jazz / Free Jazz
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kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: Singlefoldowe etui

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300 copies limited edition
In 1963 Eric Dolphy recorded some sessions in New York with producer Alan Douglas, the fruits of which were issued on small labels as the LPs Conversations and Iron Man. They've been reissued a number of times on various labels, occasionally compiled together, but never with quite the treatment they deserve (which is perhaps why they're not as celebrated as they should be). In whatever form, though, it's classic, essential Dolphy that stands as some of his finest work past Out to Lunch. Conversations is the more eclectic of the two, featuring radical re-imaginings of three standards, plus the jubilant, Caribbean-flavored "Music Matador" (by ensemble members Prince Lasha on flute and Sonny Simmons on alto). That cut, and a classic inside/outside reworking of Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz" feature Dolphy leading ensembles of up-and-coming "new thing" players, which prominently feature vibist Bobby Hutcherson and trumpeter Woody Shaw. The second half of the album takes a far more minimalist approach, with Dolphy performing unaccompanied (extremely rare prior to Anthony Braxton's For Alto) on "Love Me." "Alone Together" is an over-13-minute duet between Dolphy and bassist Richard Davis, featuring some astoundingly telepathic exchanges that more than justify its length. Even if the selections don't completely hang together as an LP statement, they're united by Dolphy's generally brilliant playing and a sense that -- after several years without entering the studio much as a leader -- Dolphy was really striving to push his (and others') music forward. The results are richly rewarding, making Conversations one of the landmarks in his catalog.

Dolphy biographers Vladimir Simosko and Barry Tepperman wrote that "Jitterbug Waltz" "is given a refreshing treatment with a fine skittering flute solo from Dolphy, whose occasional obligato contributions also add vitality and an [sic] unique flavor."
They declared "Alone Together" a "masterpiece", stating that "its structure has a unity and logic of classic proportions, and the interplay between the two men is breathtakingly intricate."
Regarding Dolphy's solo version of "Love Me", they wrote that it "involved an ornate treatment of the melody, effective use of intervals and glissando, and concluded with a chord -- an impressive revelation of technical skills an order of magnitude beyond [Dolphy's] unaccompanied alto saxophone solo on 'Tenderly' recorded in 1960..."

David Toop also praised "Alone Together": "The language of empathy, its silences, its free movement (though essentially tonal), most of all a sensitive dwelling on the richness of sounds in close combination and as markings cast into empty space, anticipates a type of improvisation that is indebted to jazz yet not confined by its frame... the title is significant, a Broadway show tune: 'we can weather the great unknown, if we're alone together...' whose melody recurs as revelatory object within multiphonics, breath expulsions, abrupt explosive runs, unanticipated convergences and twists born of close listening between two alone-together entities. The song was a standard recorded by many others... In this setting it acts as ghost presence, absent and present, a new balancing of song's melodic and lyrical functions with oblique instrumental contextualization. Implicit within this one piece were two options: one was to forget the song book entirely, the path of free improvisation (but not free jazz, which invariably retained ties to theme and variation); the other was to find greater parity between song and accompaniment."

Eric Dolphy – bass clarinet, flute, alto saxophone
Richard Davis – bass (tracks 2 & 3)
Eddie Khan – bass (track 1)
Clifford Jordan – soprano saxophone (track 2)
Sonny Simmons – alto saxophone (track 2)
Prince Lasha – flute (track 2)
Woody Shaw – trumpet (track 1)
Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone (track 1)
J.C. Moses – drums (track 1)
Charles Moffett - drums (track 2)

A1. Jitterburg Waltz 7:05
A2. Music Matador 9:05
B1. Alone Together 13:30
B2. Love Me 3:25

wydano: Dec 3, 2021 (1963)
nagrano: Recorded at Music Maker's Studios, New York City, NY, on July 1 & 3, 1963



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Eric Dolphy
Conversations [Coloured Vinyl 1LP]
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