Eric Dolphy

~ Person


Eric Allan Dolphy is simply the most important jazz multi-instrumentist ever, if such "rankings" should apply in music.
At ease in any formations, from Chico Hamilton to Ornette Coleman, Dolphy featured, empowered and blew ahead each and every important session of the first half of the 60's.
Taking the right channel on Free Jazz as morning sessions, leading John Coltrane to new grounds in the afternoon, messing extensively with Charles Mingus formations as a pause, he still found time to gig nightly at the Five Spot in historical sets with Mal Waldron and the regretted Booker Little.
Literally blasting Blue Note in three sessions, leaving Prestige with an unmanageable amount of material, Eric Dolphy career had all the sights of an unstoppable storm.
Taking a high speed "A" train for a crazy European tour with brotherly-minded Mingus in 1964, Dolphy brutally passed in somewhat mysterious conditions, leaving a filled of grief Charles Mingus, who retired from music until 1970.

In a five years long time period, Eric Dolphy simply changed the face of music.

Curious people may start with any of the Blue Note or Prestige, possibly with one of the rejoicing Five Spot sessions.

Annotation last modified on 2007-03-27 12:29 UTC.

Also performs as: George Lane




Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Caribé The Latin Jazz Quintet + Eric Dolphy 7
1960 Looking Ahead Ken McIntyre with Eric Dolphy 1
1961 Out There Eric Dolphy 6
1961 Straight Ahead Oliver Nelson with Eric Dolphy 4
1961 The Blues and the Abstract Truth Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson, Paul Chambers, Freddie Hubbard 1
1961 Where? Ron Carter with Eric Dolphy, Mal Waldron 3
1962 Far Cry Eric Dolphy with Booker Little 5
1964 ‘Out to Lunch!’ Eric Dolphy 3 10
1966 Here and There Eric Dolphy 2
1967 Conversations Eric Dolphy 4
1969 Iron Man Eric Dolphy 2
1981 Stockholm Sessions Eric Dolphy 2
1984 At The Five Spot, Vol. 1 Eric Dolphy 4
1986 Vintage Dolphy Eric Dolphy 2
1987 Other Aspects Eric Dolphy 1
1989 Candid Dolphy Eric Dolphy 1
1991 Ted Curson Group featuring Eric Dolphy Ted Curson Group featuring Eric Dolphy 1
1991 Truth Chico Hamilton Quintet feat. Eric Dolphy 1
1993 Music Matador Eric Dolphy 1
1993 Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise Eric Dolphy 1
1994 Looking Ahead Ken McIntyre & Eric Dolphy 2
1997 Outward Bound Eric Dolphy 5
2003 Left Alone Eric Dolphy 1
2007 Dolphy Sound Eric Dolphy 1
2008 Play Kurt Weill Eric Dolphy & John Lewis 1
Gaslight Eric Dolphy 1
Serene Eric Dolphy 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Les Génies du Jazz (Tome 6, No. 1): Eric Dolphy (Stormy Weather) Eric Dolphy 1
1991 The Essential Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy 1
1995 1958-1961 Eric Dolphy 1
1995 The Complete Prestige Recordings Eric Dolphy 1
1997 Original Jazz Classics Collection Eric Dolphy 1
2005 Prestige Profiles, Volume 5: Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy 1
2011 Out There Eric Dolphy 1
2014 12 Classic Albums: 1959 - 1962 Eric Dolphy 1
Hot & Cool Latin Eric Dolphy 1
Wherever I Go Eric Dolphy 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot Eric Dolphy & Booker Little 1
1961 At the Five Spot, Volume 1 Eric Dolphy with Booker Little, Mal Waldron, Richard Davis, Eddie Blackwell 2
1962 In Europe Eric Dolphy featuring Chuck Israels, Bent Axen, Erik Moseholm, Jorn Elniff 1
1983 Mingus in Europe, Volume 2 Charles Mingus Quintet featuring Eric Dolphy 2
1991 Last Date Eric Dolphy 1
1992 Live in Germany Eric Dolphy 1
1993 The Complete Uppsala Concert Eric Dolphy 1
1999 The Illinois Concert Eric Dolphy 1
2000 European Impressions John Coltrane & Eric Dolphy 1
2001 Live at Birdland (1962) John Coltrane feat. Eric Dolphy 1
2005 Together Clifford Brown + Eric Dolphy 1
2009 Complete 1961 Copenhagen Concert John Coltrane Quintet & Eric Dolphy 1
2012 In Europe. The Complete 1961 Copenhagen Concerts Eric Dolphy 1
1961-11-18: Live in Paris John Coltrane & Eric Dolphy 1
Berlin Concerts Eric Dolphy 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Midnite Jazz & Blues: Music Matador Eric Dolphy 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot Eric Dolphy 6
1964 Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot, Volume 2 Eric Dolphy 3
1990 Immortal Concerts: Five Spot Cafe, New York City, July 16, 1961 Eric Dolphy 1
1991 Memorial Album Eric Dolphy & Booker Little 3
1997 Eric Dolphy in Europe, Volume 1 Eric Dolphy 1
1997 Eric Dolphy in Europe, Volume 2 Eric Dolphy 2
1997 Eric Dolphy in Europe, Volume 3 Eric Dolphy 1
2005 Just Jazz: John Coltrane Quintet With Eric Dolphy John Coltrane Quintet with Eric Dolphy 1
Last Recordings Eric Dolphy 1
Naima Eric Dolphy 1

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