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February 11, 2019

Eric Dolphy

Musical Prophet
Resonance Records HCD-2035

Dealing with a musical project like this is for instance not unlike how a scholar would approach a new edition of Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps if heretofore unpublished material and alternate drafts were included in the publication.

Attractively recorded and packaged, including a 98-page booklet featuring interviews with the peers and musical descendents of Eric Dolphy (1928-1964) Musical Prophet includes a three-CD set consisting intact of two of the multi-instrumentalist’s most iconic 1963 LPs: Iron Man and Conversations; an entire disc of seven previously unissued alternate takes from the same sessions; plus three previous unissued bonus tracks. There are two takes of the formerly unknown “Muses for Richard Davis”, a duet between Dolphy on bass clarinet and bassist Davis from the same session that produced the long celebrated “Ode to Charlie Parker” and “Alone Together” tracks on the original LPs, plus a real oddity from the next year, 3½ months before Dolphy untimely death. It features the reedist as part of a New Music/improvised performance from Ann Arbor where his horns were used as contrapuntal voices on a composition by pianist Bob James, then still an experimenter and long before he became the Roger Williams of Smooth Jazz, with the other players bassist Ron Brooks, drummer Robert Pozar and countertenor (!) David Schwartz. MORE