Eric Dolphy The Complete Prestige Recordings (9-CD Box Set)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Released: December 5, 1995
  • Label: Prestige

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 1/12/96, p.57
"...When teamed with peers who also savored dissonance and the urge to test boundaries (including trumpeter Booker Little and pianist Mal Waldron), he made timeless, influential music..." - Rating: B
Down Beat - 5/96, p.59
5 Stars - Excellent - "Dolphy's 17 months of work for the Prestige label produced some of his key musical statements...For anyone who values creativity in jazz, the material in this package is indispensable."
Musician - 4/96, p.88
"...Using a yardstick that measures originality and innovation, technical skill and enduring influence, Dolphy ranks as one of jazz's towering figures, despite a tragically abridged career..."
Village Voice (2/20/96) - Tied for #7 on the Reissues list of Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.G.W.
  • 2.On Green Dolphin Street
  • 3.Les
  • 4.245
  • 5.Glad to Be Unhappy
  • 6.Miss Toni
  • 7.April Fool
  • 8.G.W. - (alternate take 1)
  • 9.245 - (alternate take 1)
  • 10.Screamin' the Blues
  • 11.March On, March On

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.The Drive
  • 2.The Meetin'
  • 3.Three Seconds
  • 4.Alto-Itis
  • 5.Lautir
  • 6.Curtsy
  • 7.Geo's Tune
  • 8.They All Laughed
  • 9.Head Shakin'
  • 10.Dianna
  • 11.Out There

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Serene
  • 2.The Baron
  • 3.Eclipse
  • 4.17 West
  • 5.Sketch of Melba
  • 6.Feather
  • 7.Caribe
  • 8.Blues in 6/8
  • 9.First Bass Line
  • 10.Mambo Ricci
  • 11.Spring Is Here
  • 12.Sunday Go Meetin'
  • 13.Trane Whistle
  • 14.Whole Nelson

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.You Are Too Beautiful
  • 2.The Stolen Moment
  • 3.Walk Away
  • 4.Jaws
  • 5.Mrs. Parker of K.C. (Bird's Mother)
  • 6.Ode to Charlie Parker
  • 7.Far Cry
  • 8.Miss Ann
  • 9.Left Alone
  • 10.Tenderly
  • 11.It's Magic
  • 12.Serene
  • 13.Images

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Six and Four
  • 2.Mama Lou
  • 3.Ralph's New Blues
  • 4.Straight Ahead
  • 5.III-44
  • 6.Rally
  • 7.Bass Duet
  • 8.Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
  • 9.Where?
  • 10.Yes, Indeed
  • 11.Saucer Eyes
  • 12.Status Seeking

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • 1.Duquility
  • 2.Thirteen
  • 3.We Diddit
  • 4.Warm Canto
  • 5.Warp and Woof
  • 6.Fire Waltz
  • 7.Like Someone in Love - (live)
  • 8.God Bless the Child - (live)
  • 9.Aggression - (live)

Tracks on Disc 7:

  • 1.Fire Waltz - (live)
  • 2.Bee Vamp - (live)
  • 3.Prophet, The - (live)
  • 4.Booker's Waltz - (live)
  • 5.Status Seeking - (live)

Tracks on Disc 8:

  • 1.Number Eight (Potsa Lotsa) - (live)
  • 2.Bee Vamp - (alternate take, live)
  • 3.Don't Blame Me
  • 4.When Lights Are Low
  • 5.Don't Blame Me - (alternate take)
  • 6.Les
  • 7.The Way You Look Tonight

Tracks on Disc 9:

  • 1.Woody 'N You
  • 2.Laura
  • 3.Glad to Be Unhappy
  • 4.God Bless the Child
  • 5.In the Blues - (takes 1-3)
  • 6.Hi-Fly
  • 7.Oleo

Product Description:

THE COMPLETE PRESTIGE RECORDINGS includes the albums OUTWARD BOUND, HERE AND THERE, OUT THERE, CARIBE, FAR CRY, STRAIGHT AHEAD, ERIC DOLPHY IN EUROPE and other sessions complete and in chronological order.
Personnel includes: Eric Dolphy (alto & tenor saxophones, flute, clarinet, B-flat & bass clarinets); Oliver Nelson (alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Booker Ervine (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard, Richard Williams, Clark Terry, Bobby Bryant, Booker Little (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Ron Carter (cello, bass); Jaki Byard, Richard Wyands, Walter Bishop Jr, Gene Casey, Mal Waldren, Bent Axen (piano); George Tucker, George Duvivier, Sam Jones, Bill Ellington, Wendall Marshall, Joe Benjamin, Richard Davis, Erik Moseholm, Chuck Israels (bass); Manny Ramos (drums, timbales); Roy Haynes, Arthur Taylor, Charlie Persip, Ed Blackwell, Jorn Elniff (drums); Juan Amalbert (congas).
Producer: Esmond Edwards.
Engineers include: Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey between April 1, 1960 and September 8, 1961 and live at the Five Spot, New York, New York on July 16, 1961.
Eric Dolphy, who made inroads on alto saxophone, flute, and bass clarinet, was ridiculously prolific during the two years he spent recording for Prestige, releasing over a dozen albums as a leader. And that's not even counting his work as a sideman for other Prestige artists during that time, like Oliver Nelson and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. All of it is captured on this massive, nine-disc box.
THE COMPLETE PRESTIGE RECORDINGS follows the breathtakingly rapid evolution of Dolphy's music over that short period of time. We can hear his distinctively knotty, angular playing work its way from bebop to avant-garde, as he interacts with a stellar cast of sympathetic artists including Booker Little, Mal Waldron, Jaki Byard, and many more. From his classic starting point, OUTWARD BOUND, to his seminal LIVE AT THE FIVE SPOT (with plenty more along the way), this set is a true piece of American musical history, and it's well worth navigating your way through its potentially intimidating scale.
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