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Eric Dolphy

Eric Dolphy (Saxophone)

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 around the time that he was active. 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, Out to Lunch

Matt revisits one of the true landmarks of modern jazz, Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch.

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