Sunday, August 14, 2011

Eric Dolphy - At the Five Spot, Vol. 1 + 2

Eric Dolphy had a two week residency at the Five Spot back in '61, and luckily, Rudy Van Gelder was there one night to record the goods.

Both Dolphy and Little are in fine form, though it's most definitely in that mid-point between the bop and avant-garde that was still to take off, which may annoy some hoping for more out there Dolphy. The songs are great though, especially the Little tune 'Bee Vamp'. Unfortunately Little died only a few months later, which is really a shame, because these recordings show so much potential (imagine him in all the spots that Dolphy would give to Hubbard later on).

At the Five Spot

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