Eric Dolphy

3 Dolphy Groups

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This Israeli bootleg LP is actually a compilation of three separate broadcasts. The first two songs

are actually led by John Coltrane from his February 10, 1962 (most sources list February 9, but the program actually began at midnight) appearance at Birdland, taped by well-known collector Boris Rose. The order of the actual broadcast is reversed, with "Miles' Mode" (alternately known as "The Red Planet") preceding "Mr. P.C." instead of the other way around. Coltrane, who sticks to tenor sax on both songs, is the primary soloist, though both Eric Dolphy (on alto sax, with typically jagged but adventurous solos) and McCoy Tyner get in their licks. The third track is listed as "Title Unknown," though the piece is a readily apparent variation on the chord changes to "I Got Rhythm." Dolphy is heard on bass clarinet, though pianist Lalo Schifrin is featured extensively with bassist Bob Cunningham and drummer Mel Lewis prior to the leader's solo. The final track comes from an October, 1962 broadcast from the Gaslight Inn in New York. Unfortunately, the forgettable singer, Joe Carroll, takes up most of "I Got Rhythm," with the leader staying pretty much in the background except for an occasional, brief flurry on the bass clarinet. The rest of this group includes pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Richard Davis, drummer Edgar Bateman, and trumpeter Edward Armour. One thing odd about this track is that it was not included with five other songs on the bootleg LP Live at the Gaslight Inn, October 1962. The uneven performances and mediocre sound make 3 Dolphy Groups of interest to serious Dolphy fans.

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