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Outward Bound (20 Bit Mastering) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Eric Dolphy was working as a sideman with Charles Mingus when he recorded this in 1960, his debut as a leader and the first masterwork in his tragically brief career. It's a startling extension of the language of bop and an introduction to one of the most remarkable instrumentalists of the twentieth century. Dolphy's originality as a composer is apparent from the opening bars of "G.W.," with its mix of dissonant fanfare and off-kilter melody, while his alto playing is a revelation, a cauldron of snaking lines running from one register to another and liable to dart in any direction. For all his virtuosity, though, it's the intensely human passion of Dolphy's playing that is most riveting, felt particularly in the blues "Les" and "245." A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Dolphy developed a distinctive voice on each of his horns, apparent on the standards here as he plays "On Green Dolphin Street" on bass clarinet and "Glad to Be Unhappy" on flute. Apart from the leader's assortment of reeds, the band follows the format of a standard bop quintet, but the performances of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Jaki Byard, and drummer Roy Haynes are all exceptional, and there's something very new in the collectively improvised chatter amongst the horns that concludes "Les." --Stuart Broomer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. G.W.
  2. On Green Dolphin Street
  3. Les
  4. 245
  5. Glad To Be Unhappy
  6. Miss Toni
  7. G.W. (Alternate Take 1)
  8. 245 (Alternate Take 1)
  9. April Fool


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Prestige
  • ASIN: B00000K0YI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steve Marshall on October 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Eric Dolphy was one of the true musical innovators of the 20th century. Outward Bound was his debut as a leader. With an astonishing command of the alto sax, flute, and bass clarinet, he could do it all. Dolphy played with the speed and fury of Charlie Parker but with a gentleness and grace all his own. While most of his music fell into the "avant-garde" category, the material here is much more accessible than his later works. If you're just discovering Eric Dolphy, this album is the perfect introduction.
For Prestige's 50th anniversary, the label has just released a newly remastered version of Outward Bound, along with nine other titles from their catalog. Utilizing K2 20-bit technology, the sound quality on all of them is astounding. You won't believe your ears when you hear how great these discs sound. The best part of all--they don't cost anymore than a regular CD. Collectors take note: each title is limited to 10,000 copies. Get 'em while you can...
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Many times people point to the very last Dolphy recordings ashis best ones or as the ones most representative of "hisstyle". While I wouldn't argue that he made fantastic recordings near the end of his life, don't overlook his "early" gems like this one, OUTWARD BOUND. The crown jewel of this cd is ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET. Freddie Hubbard uses the mute and gets great tone from it, and Dolphy is on bass clarinet and he gets his usual great tone from it as well. Many people have done this tune over the years but this is my hands-down favorite version. This version just "walks" differently than all other versions I've heard and after hearing this one I realize that this song and the bass clarinet go together perfectly. Dolphy's DOLPHIN playing (and arrangement) alone is worth the price of the cd. 245 has some of the most blues-drenched playing from Hubbard I've ever heard him do, especially the very opening phrase of his solo. I personally still have trouble getting into the flute on very mellow jazz tunes so GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY doesn't do much for me, but if you like that sort of thing he does play well on it. All in all, this is a cd that is well worth owning and it will only add to the reasons why you wish Dolphy wouldn't have died so young.
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"Outward Bound" features Dolphy on his first venture as a leader performing some post-bop works, recorded in 1960 at Englewood Cliffs at the famous Rudy Van Gelder studio. This album was a foreshadowing of what lay in store on following albums released by Eric Dolphy. The alto saxophone playing, bass clarinet donning, flute wielding compositional innovator, who peaked on "Out to Lunch", is heard here laying the foundation for his magnum opus.

Dolphy's alto saxophone was so unique and intelligent, belting out those fast notes in ways only he seemed to comprehend. He has influenced the entire genre of free jazz greatly and continues to do so each time some promising young artist stumbles upon his work. This Fantasy Jazz release of such a seminal and imperative album in the Dolphy repertoire belongs on your shelf, not a store shelf.

Personnel:

Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute)
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
Jackie Byard (piano)
George Tucker (bass)
Roy Haynes (drums)
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Extremely expressive and remains today on the cutting edge of jazz style. Contains some virtuosity, as does all Dolphy, but the depth of feeling and creativity is the message. Solo bass clarinet passages are truly moving and still very unique. Sometimes edgy and not always "pretty" - it does have some discordant passages and rhythms. Heard this 30 years ago and remember how struck I was. This is a window to a new and mysterious world, the inside of an artist, not a showman.
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