Entertainment Weekly - 9/24/99, p.147
"...this hitherto unknown live 1963 redcording is significant....he sounds as modern as anyone working today. And he brings out the best in his not-yet-famous 22-year-old pianist: Herbie Hancock." - Rating: B
JazzTimes - 4/00, p.84
"...A reminder of the bracing astringency Dolphy brought to jazz in the '50s and '60s....a neat and irresistible package of instrumental mastery..."
Personnel: Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet); Herbie Hancock (piano); Eddie Khan (bass); J.C. Moses (drums).
Recorded live at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois on March 10, 1963.
Personnel: Eric Dolphy (flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone); Vince Johnson, Kim Richmond (reeds); Bruce Scafe, Dick Montz, Larry Franklin (trumpet); Jon English , Bob Edmondson (trombone); Aaron Johnson (tuba); Ralph Woodward, Cecil Bridgewater (brass); Herbie Hancock (piano); J.C. Moses (drums).
Liner Note Author: Vladimir Simosko.
Recording information: University of Illinois, Champai (03/10/1963).
Director: John Garvey .
Ensemble: University of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players.
Photographer: Lee Tanner.
Reeds player/composer/arranger Eric Dolphy was, in the early '60s, in the vanguard of the free jazz movement, yet his music was not as "out" as that of some of his contemporaries. Dolphy played alto sax, flute, and bass clarinet in a free, more vocalized manner, but over more or less standard chord changes.
THE ILLINOIS CONCERT, previously unreleased, is a noteworthy addition to Dolphy's impressive body of work. Recorded live at the University of Illinois in 1963, this album captures him with a sympathetic, creative, and thoughtfully swinging rhythm section, as well as, on the last two tunes, the University's brass ensemble and big band. Herbie Hancock's lyrical piano is somewhat Monk-like and drummer J.C. Moses is busy, buoyant and powerful. Here, Dolphy's alto playing points towards jazz's future without compromising swing or warmth.