Eric Dolphy & Booker Little Remembered Live at Sweet Basil, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
In memory of the great tandem of alto saxophonist/flutist/bass clarinetist Dolphy and trumpeter Little, Blanchard and Harrison team with the same rhythm section -- Mal Waldron on piano, Richard Davis on bass, Ed Blackwell on drums -- who backed those modern jazz pioneers, who played 25 years previously at the Five Spot The Great Concert of Eric Dolphy on Prestige. These sessions at Sweet Basil in N.Y.C. do great justice to that historic juncture while creating a little history of their own in the process. There are three lengthy selections. "The Prophet" is almost 22 minutes of the sheer joy and bluesy madness that so typified the Dolphy sound. The band captures a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
In memory of the great tandem of alto saxophonist/flutist/bass clarinetist Dolphy and trumpeter Little, Blanchard and Harrison team with the same rhythm section -- Mal Waldron on piano, Richard Davis on bass, Ed Blackwell on drums -- who backed those modern jazz pioneers, who played 25 years previously at the Five Spot The Great Concert of Eric Dolphy on Prestige. These sessions at Sweet Basil in N.Y.C. do great justice to that historic juncture while creating a little history of their own in the process. There are three lengthy selections. "The Prophet" is almost 22 minutes of the sheer joy and bluesy madness that so typified the Dolphy sound. The band captures a sourdough, bluesy swagger. Harrison's solo is less edgy but just as frantic as Dolphy's, while Blanchard is Blanchard, capturing the melodicism but not the bite of Little. Blackwell spontaneously doubles the time during the trumpeter's solo, settles it back, and then lets Waldron and Davis rest in a solid groove. "Aggression" is the highlight: a lightning-fast, ribald-toned hard bop line played perfectly. This is where Waldron's signature vamping comes to the forefront; his deep blue-grey chords express his completely individual sound during the trio-only section. "Booker's Waltz" has Harrison switching to bass clarinet, with not quite the same childlike depth as Dolphy, and mixed a little thin. This is a beautiful, 3/4-paced song that ebbs and flows naturally, all members listening and responding in less dramatic ways. Despite eventual stylistic comparisons, which are truthfully minor, the intentions of this recording and its execution produce more than delightful results. It's a major coup for Blanchard and Harrison. Further proof is found on the companion disc, Fire Waltz. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/1993
  • Label: Evidence
  • UPC: 730182207323
  • Catalog Number: 22073
  • Sales rank: 139,375

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Prophet (21:49)
  2. 2 Aggression (13:16)
  3. 3 Booker's Waltz (11:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terence Blanchard Primary Artist, Trumpet
Richard Davis Bass
Eric Dolphy Track Performer
Mal Waldron Piano
Ed Blackwell Drums
Donald Harrison Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Blanchard, Harrison, Waldron, Davis, Blackwell Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jerry Gordon Producer
Shigeyuki Kawashima Producer, Engineer
Horst Liepolt Producer
Hatsuro Takanami Engineer
Edward VanLandeghem Engineer
Bill Shoemaker Liner Notes
Shigo Yamaguchi Art Direction
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