- Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
- Rmst ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Blue Note
- Run Time: 42 minutes
- ASIN: B00000I8UK
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,260 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Out To Lunch
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, March 23, 1999
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Eric Dolphy was among the most daring, impassioned, and technically assured improvisers to come of age in the 1960s. From his groundbreaking work with Chico Hamilton and Charles Mingus, through his catalytic stint with John Coltrane, and all through his brilliant solo recordings for Prestige, this reed innovator defined the best elements of the swing and the bebop traditions, from Benny Carter through Bird, while extending on the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic freedom of Monk. Dolphy is an emotional shaman with a keen comic edge, as is evident in the rhythmic sauntering, drunken gait of his theme to "Straight Up and Down," and Monk's influence is clearly discernible in Dolphy's witty dissonances and vocalized blues phrasing throughout Out to Lunch! (his only Blue Note recording, completed shortly before his untimely death). Rhythm masters Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, and Tony Williams suspend time at will, sculpting in open space, while deconstructing the harmony and superimposing cubist rhythmic displacements--periodically regrouping around Freddie Hubbard's bumblebee trumpet and the leader's vocalized bass clarinet (his Monkish "Hat and Beard"), wailing alto (the martial parodies of the title tune), and exhilarating flute (the lyric, swinging "Gazzelloni"). Out to Lunch! represents Dolphy's most fully realized vision. --Chip Stern
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Eric Dolphy is one of the most infamous/influential figures in the history of jazz. His brand of jazz was not rooted in blues but in classical music, hence his compositions and his playing technique taking on a more angular approach. As a result, he was criticized for not being "jazz enough" and the music being too sophisticated. Regardless of the criticism, Dolphy created a new identity of jazz: One that blends steady/catchy rhythms with highly abstracted harmony and melody (extremely difficult for musicians to do.) Out to Lunch is perhaps his most fully realized effort. This is not for your casual jazz listener however. This was the kind of jazz I did not get when I was 18-24. It just seemed like everyone was going in a different direction at times I thought. If you want to challage your love of jazz, you'll need to put down your conceptions of music, have an open mind, and listen to it to see if it resonates or not.
Out to Lunch is a masterpiece of jazz music, specifically in avant-garde jazz. In close introspection, it isn't as avant-garde, as say for example, John Coltrane's Om or Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures. Its avant-garde nature is more along the lines of Andrew Hill's Judgement! and Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come. It's a cusp record: It straddles between avant-garde and tonal bebop harmony, which gave Out to Lunch its reputation and legacy. This is Dolphy's tribute to jazz legend Thelonious Monk (Monk had a distinctive appearance, as he was known to wear sunglasses, hats, and a beard to go with it. Hence, Hat and Beard.) Right away, the composition starts with a somewhat odd rhythm with brief flashes of vibraphones and a rolling bassline. After a few moments, the main theme is introduced.* In standard Dolphy language, the theme is disorienting but melodic enough to follow the sense of rhythm and swing in the composition. After the theme comes the solos. Dolphy breaks into his style of improvisation: Wide intervals, replete with rapid runs and trills in between, laced with animal-like effects, such as squawking, honking, bleeting, and many more I could mention. These techniques give Dolphy's sound a more light-hearted, humorous feel to it. Sit down and dig that crazy musis man!
The Toshiba EMI import release of Eric Dolphy's last US studio date Out to Lunch is, inexplicably, folded into mono. It was originally recorded and mixed in stereo: Left - Center - Right (horns left, bass center, drums right). The Amazon.com sound samples misrepresent the Toshiba EMI CD since they are in stereo, ripped from the domestic RVG Series issue.
I cannot recommend this import. It suffers from the same excessive compression found on most of the RVG series reissues. I hope that Joe Harley and Alan Toshida at Audio Wave will consider remastering "Out to Lunch" as part of their exemplary Blue Note XRCD series.
If you're a bit like me and like to search out cool new sounds, I highly recommend giving this disc a spin. I think you will be delighted!
Apparently most if not all of Eric Dolphy's CDs are still in print, so I hope to enjoy more of this great music.
Enjoy & God bless!
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