In 1962 Eric Dolphy was in the midst of one of his most fertile periods. The jazz innovator had recently played with the John Coltrane Quintet, and was soon to tour with the Charles Mingus Sextet and to record his landmark album OUT TO LUNCH. The fact that Dolphy was constantly employed in the bands of others made recordings with his own groups few and far between.
Fortunately GASLIGHT 1962, released in 2007, gives fans a brilliant glimpse of Dolphy and company in action at the legendary Gaslight club in New York City. With Ed Amour on trumpet, Edgar Bateman on drums, Richard Davis on bass, and the great Herbie Hancock on piano, the level of interplay and musicianship is bold and dazzling throughout. Yet it is Dolphy's remarkable work on alto sax, flute, and bass clarinet--and his nimble, surprising imagination--that enchants the most. This one is sure to please aficionados of adventurous jazz of that or any era.