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But Dolphy died in 1964, and it was not until 1965 that John Coltrane released Ascension. This is vital to know, because that album made free jazz far louder, and acidic. If Coleman's Free Jazz was a hot coffee, Ascension was napalm.
Dolphy most likely would have been in Coltrane's fire bomb had he lived, but he missed the big change in the jazz avant gaurd.
But we have Outward Bound: this is not free jazz, although it absolutely sticks more than a foot in that door. The truth is, Dolphy loved chords and what could be played both with and against them.
If you listen to Outward Bound, it is really not the music that is free .Most of the tracks are twisted hard bop: great compositions with loopy chord substitutions that pressed the band into thinking on their toes. These have an almost classical grandness.
What goes on top is what is "out": Dolphy and his players solo anyway they want. What Dolphy in particular plays goes contrary to the grain of the chords, but it always works. His angular solos provide fresh pepper to what, in some respects, is pretty traditional music
Free jazz was not yet totally free when Outward Bound was made, but it sure is amazing listening to the album pushing jazz a few leaps more out there.
Jumping right in with the slippery, blistering "GW," this date wastes no time in announcing the arrival of a uniquely capable and individual alto saxophonist, whose gifts are promptly put into even bolder perspective by his effortless switch to the haunting bass clarinet for a witty, almost vocalized rendition of the oft-visited "On Green Dolphin Street." "Les" and "245" are both Dolphy originals featuring more of his molten sax work with fine accompaniment from all aboard.
Things slow down and sweeten up on "Glad to Be Unhappy," with Dolphy offering a heart-wrenchingly beautiful flute performance while Hubbard lays out. Back to bass clarinet for the closing "Miss Toni," an upbeat bopper which sounds almost traditional after the more mercurial preceding numbers. This upgraded CD reissue adds three bonus cuts - the flash-fingered flute workout "April Fool" and lengthier alternate takes of "GW" and "245." All are well worth hearing and add greatly to the pleasures of this inspired and fruitful session.
Dolphy's life and career were, alas, to be tragically truncated barely four years after OUTWARD BOUND set him in flight; but the energy and enthusiasm so present in this classic recording are in no way compromised by the sad fate of its creator. A must for any jazz fan, completist or casual.
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Eric Dolphy is one of this countries least appreciated genius, and his music and performances continue to awe and inspire. Read morePublished on December 16, 2008 by Gregory Gross
dolphy and hubbard on green dolphin street. dolphy and hubbard trading licks on les. on 245 first hubbard followed by dolphy put down brilliant blues improvisations. Read morePublished on January 31, 2008 by Case Quarter