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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, March 21, 2006
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Even if none of that were true, though, I'd still give "Out There" high marks on the basis of just one tune: "Feathers," unfortunately not sampled here. With this one song, Dolphy blows away all the detractors who said he lacked form, that he was too wild and undisciplined to create coherent solos and meaningful music.
"Feathers" opens with a slow, building line that ultimately dissolves into an alto solo that is, for me, quite simply one of the best ever constructed. Duvivier moves with supple lines behind Dolphy while Haynes lays down a simple beat and then the altoist takes care of the rest. His solo has it all: power, passion, drama and an absolutely logical form that makes it sound each time I hear it like a perfectly told story. Its beauty holds up to repeated listenings, as all the great ones do.
Fine compositions (Dolphy originals plus takes on Mingus and Randy Weston compositions), a great band, and an inspired performance that belongs on the shelf next to the best ever recorded: there should be little else needed to give "Out There" a gigantic stamp of approval.
Elsewhere on the album, Dolphy swings and sways especially on the two opening cuts, the title track and "Serene". The title track features some stellar alto sax workouts while "Serene" and the following track "The Baron" display Dolphy's dexterious talents as a bass clarinetist. His dancable flute playing is highlighted in great form on "17 West" and "Sketch of Melba". The former is another swinging affair while the latter is a haunting bluesy mood music piece.
The other musicians on "Out There" are stars on this album as well. Ron Carter (who later joined Miles Davis's second classic quintet as a bassist) provides the daunting task of playing cello and he does so with tremendous results. On every track, Carter displays a solid counterpart to Dolphy's woodwinds and even steps forward as a soloist on more than one occasion. Check out his solo on "The Baron". It's a killer.
Bassist George Duvivier and the legendary drummer Roy Haynes provide the rhythms on this album and on every track, they play flawlessly. The grooves they provide on the title track are worth the price of this album alone.Read more ›
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Kind of a odd session from 1960 with Ron Carter on cello, George Duvivier on bass and Roy Haynes on drums and no piano player. Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by John M.
There, I just saved you over half an hour, you can thank me later. If you want to hear a real saxophone master, listen to Kenny G.Published on April 7, 2011 by A Dinosaur-Shaped Car
Having left no doubt about his skills as a post-bop trailblazer on OUTWARD BOUND, his April 1960 debut set, saxophonist/clarinetist/flautist Eric Dolphy took a hard "outward" turn... Read morePublished on July 4, 2009 by Richard B. Luhrs
Eric Dolphy is one of those true musical giants that transposed the muusical sound to far into the future. Read morePublished on September 5, 2008 by John W. Shearer
This 1960 recording constitutes my first exposure to the works of Eric Dolphy and I found the listening experience to be rich. Read morePublished on April 1, 2008 by Jeffrey J.Park
dolphy on alto on the title track blows like a steady wind across a long corrugated surface. pair this with any piece by charlie parker on your player and you're really in for a... Read morePublished on February 18, 2008 by Case Quarter
4.5 stars. This makes for a very enjoyable listen. Many recordings from the early 1960s sound dated--to me, this one has a timeless quality. Read morePublished on July 12, 2007 by David Conklin