Eric Dolphy

Live at the Gaslight Inn, October 1962

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A 1962 broadcast originating from the Gaslight Inn in New York City is the source for this live Italian bootleg. Eric Dolphy leads a pickup group with Herbie Hancock and Richard Davis, along with drummer Edgar Bateman and trumpeter and flugelhornist Edward Armour. The recording quality isn't particularly remarkable (with occasional over-modulation) and the group sounds as if it hadn't rehearsed much at all. Dolphy is heard almost exclusively on alto sax, though he does get in a few typically adventurous solos. The leader's memorable flute makes the nearly twelve-and-a-half minute "Left Alone" the most valuable track. Dolphy's performances of his originals "Miss Ann" and "G.W." fair poorly when compared to his better-known recordings. Singer Joe Carroll dominates a rather forgettable bluesy treatment "Oh, Lady Be Good!" in which Dolphy is only featured briefly on bass clarinet. The broadcast is faded with DJ Alan Grant's voice-over on top of an incomplete rendition of Dolphy's "245." This long unavailable LP, later reissued on CD by the now defunct Stash as Live in New York, will be of interest to only serious collectors of Eric Dolphy.

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