Thursday, November 04, 2004

Quote & Music of the day -- 11/4/04

"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto." -- Thomas Jefferson

Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch

One of the great jazz albums of the 1960s, at least in my opinion, by an artist who passed on much too soon (as did Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, etc). A very creative album that many say was ahead of it's time, blending elements of swing and bebop with free jazz experimentation. I believe it's one of the first few albums that includes the legendary drummer Tony Williams.

While it certainly doesn't sound like straight ahead jazz from that time period, it also isn't really avant-garde to the point of alienating potential listeners. If you love artists like Charles Mingus or John Coltrane, give it a listen. What I find interesting is that while listening to the second song on this album earlier ("Something Sweet, Something Tender"), I was reminded of a particular Frank Zappa song that I really like. Well duh... it turns out that the song in question is called "Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbeque". While Zappa apparently didn't listen to a lot of jazz and always seemed to poo poo it, it's pretty obvious that Dolphy was one of the jazz musicians that actually got through to Frank in a positive way.


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