Eric Dolphy - Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions 3CD
Eric Dolphy Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions 3CD
First Official Release of Previously-Unissued Eric Dolphy Studio Recordings In Over 30 Years, including 85-Minutes Never Before Released; Remastered High-Resolution Monoaural Audio Transferred Directly from the Original Tapes
Resonance Records is proud to present the first official previously-unissued studio recordings of Eric Dolphy in over 30 years, including 85-minutes of never before released material.
Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions is being released in partnership with the Eric Dolphy Trust and the Alan Douglas Estate with remastered high-resolution monoaural audio transferred directly from the original tapes. Captured after leaving Prestige/New Jazz Records, and just before recording the timeless classic Out to Lunch! album, Musical Prophet is a 3CD set that contains the under-appreciated masterpieces Conversations and Iron Man recorded in New York City on July 1 and 3, 1963.
Originally produced by Alan Douglas – most well-known for his association with Jimi Hendrix, but who also produced classic jazz albums such as Money Jungle with Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach – the tapes had been stored in a suitcase with Dolphy's personal belongings and given to Dolphy's close friends Hale and Juanita Smith just before he embarked on his fateful European trip in 1964. Years later the contents of the suitcase were given to flutist/educator James Newton, who had developed a close relationship with his mentor Hale Smith and Hale's wife Juanita in the late 1970s.
Then in 2015, Newton connected with Zev Feldman at Resonance and they began working in conjunction with the Eric Dolphy Trust in Los Angeles on this definitive edition of Dolphy's 1963 New York studio sessions. These tapes were recorded in mono, unlike the stereo versions that were used for the original studio albums and are the only known master sources in existence.
The 3CD package is beautifully designed by longtime Resonance designer Burton Yount and includes an exhaustive 100-page booklet replete with rare and never-before-published photos (several of which are in color) by Chuck Stewart, Jean-Pierre Leloir, Val Wilmer, Hans Harzheim, Lennart Steen, Roger Marshutz and many others, plus reproductions of the original album covers for Conversations and Iron Man.
The five essays cover different aspects of Eric Dolphy and this music, starting with co-producers Zev Feldman and James Newton's accounts of how this album came to be and what Dolphy's music means to this world. Resonance has also gathered a large congregation of voices to reflect, remember and reexamine the person, the music and the legacy of Eric Dolphy.
The words and thoughts of no less than 17 musicians – from jazz legend John Coltrane to the Pulitzer prize-winning saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill – are represented in this deluxe tribute and archival discovery, and paint a complex portrait of this heralded, loved and misunderstood artist.
"...Resonance's three disc set is of great historical significance and should be in every contemporary jazz collection alongside those classic albums by Miles Davis, Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane." – Jazzwise
Eric Dolphy – alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet
William "Prince" Lasha – flute
Huey "Sonny" Simmons – alto saxophone
Clifford Jordan – soprano saxophone
Woody Shaw – trumpet
Garvin Bushell – bassoon
Bobby Hutcherson – vibes
Richard Davis – bass
Eddie Kahn – bass
J.C. Moses – drums
Charles Moffett – drums
• First official release of previously-unissued Eric Dolphy studio recordings in over 30 years, including 85-minutes never before released
• Recorded in mono, unlike the stereo versions that were used for the original studio albums and are the only known master sources in existence
• Remastered high-resolution monoaural audio transferred directly from the original tapes
• Exhaustive 100-page book with rare photos and essays by jazz scholars, label managers and co-producers
• Words and interviews with fellow jazz icons
Eric Dolphy Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions Track Listing:
CD1 — Conversations
1. Jitterbug Waltz
2. Music Matador
3. Love Me
4. Alone Together
5. Muses for Richard Davis (Previously Unissued 1)
6. Muses for Richard Davis (Previously Unissued 2)
CD2 — Iron Man
1. Iron Man
3. Come Sunday
4. Burning Spear
5. Ode to Charlie Parker
6. A Personal Statement (Bonus Track) *
CD3 — Previously Unissued Studio Recordings
1. Music Matador (Alternate Take)
2. Love Me (Alternate Take 1)
3. Love Me (Alternate Take 2)
4. Alone Together (Alternate Take)
5. Jitterbug Waltz (Alternate Take)
6. Mandrake (Alternate Take)
7. Burning Spear (Alternate Take)
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