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Eric Dolphy

Eric Dolphy

Born: 20th June 1928, Los Angeles, California, United States

Died: 29th June 1964, Berlin, Germany

Nationality: American

Eric Allan Dolphy Jr. was an American jazz alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist and flautist. On a few occasions, he also played the clarinet and piccolo. Dolphy was one of several multi-instrumentalists to gain prominence in the same era. His use of the bass clarinet helped to establish the instrument within jazz. Dolphy extended the vocabulary and boundaries of the alto saxophone, and was among the earliest significant jazz flute soloists.

His improvisational style was characterized by the use of wide intervals, in addition to employing an array of extended techniques to emulate the sounds of human voices and animals.

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Classic Recordings, John Coltrane, 'Africa/Brass'

Whilst underappreciated upon its release, Trane's bombastic first album for Impulse! from 1961 would seal his fate as one of the label's most iconoclastic artists and performers.

Recording of the Week, John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy - Evenings At The Village Gate

Our Recording of the Week is a formidable new release that captures an exciting and transitional phase in both artists' careers, in a live quintet recording from 1961.

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