• Vee Jay VJLP2503
    Vee Jay VJLP2503
  • Eric Dolphy
    Eric Dolphy

Eric Dolphy


Fresh Sound 1600 Series

Eric Dolphy (as, b-cl), Woody Shaw (tp), Clifford Jordan (ss), Sonny Simmons (as), Prince Lasha (fl), Bobby Hutcherson (vib), Eddie Khan, Richard Davis (b), Charles Moffett, J.C. Moses (d)

Reference: FSRCD 1627

Bar code: 8427328616270

This is one of two CDs that document the most innovative studio sessions in Eric Dolphy's musical career. Both appear for the first time with their original LP cover artwork and digitally remastered from the original stereo tapes produced by Alan Douglas in the summer of 1963.

In tribute to Eric Dolphy (1928-1964):
Whatever I'd say would be an understatment. I can only say my life was made much better by knowing Eric. He was one of the the greatest people I've ever known, as a man, a friend, and a musician.

—John Coltrane

01. Jitterbug Waltz (Maltby-Waller) 7:17
02. Music Matador (Lasha-Simmons) 9:35
03. Love Me (Washington-Young) 3:22
04. Alone Together (Dietz-Schwartz) 13:36

Album details

This album was originally released in 1963 as FM LP-308
Reissued in 1965 as 'The Eric Dolphy Memorial Album' (Vee Jay VJLP2503)

Eric Dolphy (alto sax, bass clarinet), Woody Shaw (trumpet on #1), Clifford Jordan (soprano sax on #2), Huey 'Sonny' Simmons (alto sax on #2), Prince Lasha (flute on #2), Bobby Hutcherson (vibes on #1), Eddie Khan (bass on #1), Richard Davis (bass), J.C. Moses (drums on #1), Charles Moffett (drums on #2).
Recorded in New York City, July 1 [#3-4] and 3 [1-2], 1963

Sound engineer: Bill Schwartau
Cover design: Frank Gauna-F. Cunningham

Recordings originally produced by Alan Douglas
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

Disque CHOC Jazz Magazine

"In mid-1963 (probably July, though some sources place the dates in May or June), Eric Dolphy recorded some sessions in New York with producer Alan Douglas, the fruits of which were issued on small labels as the LPs Conversations and Iron Man. They've been reissued a number of times on various labels, occasionally compiled together, but never with quite the treatment they deserve (which is perhaps why they're not as celebrated as they should be). In whatever form, though, it's classic, essential Dolphy that stands as some of his finest work past Out to Lunch. Conversations is the more eclectic of the two, featuring radical re-imaginings of three standards, plus the jubilant, Caribbean-flavored "Music Matador" (by ensemble members Prince Lasha [flute] and Sonny Simmons [alto]). That cut and a classic inside/outside reworking of Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz" feature Dolphy leading ensembles of up-and-coming "new thing" players, which prominently feature vibist Bobby Hutcherson and trumpeter Woody Shaw.

The second half of the album takes a far more minimalist approach, with Dolphy performing unaccompanied (extremely rare prior to Anthony Braxton's For Alto) on "Love Me." "Alone Together" is an over-13-minute duet between Dolphy and bassist Richard Davis, featuring some astoundingly telepathic exchanges that more than justify its length. Even if the selections don't completely hang together as an LP statement, they're united by Dolphy's generally brilliant playing and a sense that after several years without entering the studio much as a leader Dolphy was really striving to push his (and others') music forward. The results are richly rewarding, making 'Conversations' one of the landmarks in his catalog."

Steve Huey -All Music Guide


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