Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this music junkie as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. Compact Discs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no files.

Friday, October 7, 2022

Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch! (1964)

Note: the CD I listened to was the 1999 Rudy Van Gelder Edition.

While generally praised as a masterpiece, I won't say too much about this one because I don't understand avant-garde/atonal bop/free jazz and it's not really my bag, but I listen from time to time in an effort to continue my music education through understanding. I will say the group uses its unique orchestration to its advantage throughout and I dig the timbral change of pace from these guys:

Dolphy - alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet
Freddie Hubbard - trumpet
Bobby Hutcherson - vibes
Richard Davis - bass
Anthony Williams - drums

  • CashBox: "The boys create some inventive far-put [sic] musical developments"
  • Stereo Review: "performances are exhilarating"
  • The Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide (1999): ★★★★★
  • The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz (1999): ★★★★★
  • The Penguin Guide to Jazz (5th ed., 2000): ♕★★★★

In 1987, this album was selected by Blue Note as one of the 25 Best Albums on the label.

In 2017, it was ranked at #15 on Pitchfork's list of the 200 Best Albums of the 1960s.

Update: In 2024, uDiscover Music ranked this album at #4 on its list of The 50 Greatest Blue Note Albums.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: All five cuts prove to challenge the listener, but the writing is much easier to consume than most other free jazz I've experienced.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

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