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Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography And Discography

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In his tragically short life (1928–1964), Eric Dolphy was a titanic force in the development of the sixties avant-garde (or "new thing") from the hard bop of the late fifties. The searing intensity and sonic exploration of his work on alto sax, clarinets, and flute derived in part from the concurrent innovations of Coltrane, Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, and Andre ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published March 22nd 1996 by Da Capo Press (first published May 1974)
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Lukasz Pruski
Sep 05, 2014 Lukasz Pruski rated it liked it
The great musician and composer Eric Dolphy is little known outside of jazz circles. A so-called "average person" might have heard the names of John Coltrane or Miles Davis, but I doubt that more than one or two percent of randomly interviewed people would associate the name Dolphy with jazz. Yet, he was a giant of that genre and one of the most influential musicians/composers of the 1960s, which is the only jazz period that interests me (I do not "get" the pre-Sixties or post-Sixties jazz).

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Jake Adam
Jul 05, 2008 Jake Adam rated it liked it
The discography/gigography/session index is invaluable, but I wanted to get more of a story from the book, which probably means I wasn't reading the book I needed to be reading. It's a good book to read, packed with lots of factual information.
Tony Gleeson
Nov 21, 2008 Tony Gleeson rated it really liked it
There oughta be a dozen books on Eric Dolphy. He oughta be as well-known as Coltrane or Miles. He was a bona fide genius, sui generis to this day.This is as good a book as one can find on Dolphy because, to my knowledge, there are only two books ever written about him. It's a shame.
Phillip
Jan 25, 2009 Phillip rated it it was amazing
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this is a really great read on one of the more original voices in the early post-jazz movement. concise and and lots of info on an all-too-short visit on planet earth by one of the premiere angels of the alto saxophone.
j_ay
Sep 18, 2012 j_ay rated it really liked it
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All too short...simply amazing there is no longer bio of Dolphy written...
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