Saturday, April 8
Eric Dolphy Quintet - Far Cry (1960)
"Charlie Parker's influence permeates this 1960 session. Beyond the obvious acknowledgment on song titles ('Mrs. Parker of K.C. ['Bird's Mother']' and 'Ode to Charlie Parker'), his restless spirit is utilized as a guiding light for breaking bebop molds. Far Cry finds multi-reedist Eric Dolphy in a transitional phase, relinquishing Parker's governing universal impact and diving into the next controversial phase that critics began calling 'anti-jazz.' On this date Booker Little's lyrical trumpet and Jackie Byard's confident grasp of multiple piano styles (though both steeped in hard bop) were sympathetic to the burgeoning 'avant-garde' approach that Dolphy displays, albeit sparingly, on this session. Far Cry contains the initial performance of Dolphy's future jazz classic 'Miss Ann,' along with his first recorded solo alto sax performance on 'Tenderly,' in which Dolphy bridges the gap between the solo saxophone performances of Coleman Hawkins and Anthony Braxton."
W - Far Cry
YouTube: Far Cry! full album 41:33
2013 August: Out to Lunch! (1964), 2015 November: Eric Dolphy His Life and Art, 2016 February: Outward Bound (1960), 2016 April: Straight Ahead - Oliver Nelson With Eric Dolphy (1961)