Prestigious: A Tribute to Eric Dolphy

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This ambitious quintet session led by pianist and arranger Harold Danko covers ten compositions by the late Eric Dolphy, whose works have only been recorded on a sporadic basis since his death in 1964 and rarely, if ever, make up an entire release Jerome Harris' Hidden in Plain View came close. The rhythm section includes bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Jeff Hirshfield, with tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and trumpeter Dave Ballou. Perry has the greatest challenge on the date, as he has to come across as effectively as the composer while utilizing only one instrument versus Dolphy's alto sax, flute, and formidable bass clarinet. Fortunately, the object of the CD is to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This ambitious quintet session led by pianist and arranger Harold Danko covers ten compositions by the late Eric Dolphy, whose works have only been recorded on a sporadic basis since his death in 1964 and rarely, if ever, make up an entire release Jerome Harris' Hidden in Plain View came close. The rhythm section includes bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Jeff Hirshfield, with tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and trumpeter Dave Ballou. Perry has the greatest challenge on the date, as he has to come across as effectively as the composer while utilizing only one instrument versus Dolphy's alto sax, flute, and formidable bass clarinet. Fortunately, the object of the CD is to explore new paths through these pieces rather than attempt re-creations of the original recordings by Dolphy which would be rather pointless since all of Dolphy's Prestige sessions are readily available. The opener, "Les," captures the excitement of Dolphy's version, with the leader darting in and out on piano as Perry and Ballou interweave contrasting lines. Since "17 West" was from a pianoless date, Danko chooses to strum the piano strings throughout the piece, creating an interesting effect behind Ballou's muted horn and Perry's dancing tenor. "G.W." stays much closer to the original, but the group handles its tricky unorthodox line with nary a misfire. "Serene," one of Dolphy's prettiest ballads which is actually a disguised blues, becomes more spacious and subtle with Danko's change of its meter. "Miss Ann" is almost unrecognizable during its introduction, as the theme is considerably fragmented before Perry and Ballou begin playing snippets of it and quickly bring it into shape. Danko's excellent liner notes add to the value of this worthy tribute to Eric Dolphy, the composer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2001
  • Label: Steeplechase
  • UPC: 716043150823
  • Catalog Number: 31508

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Les (7:08)
  2. 2 17 West (4:01)
  3. 3 G.W. (9:15)
  4. 4 245 (9:35)
  5. 5 Far Cry/Out There (5:20)
  6. 6 Serene (8:41)
  7. 7 Miss Ann (7:32)
  8. 8 The Prophet (7:37)
  9. 9 Number Eight (Potsa Lotsa) (10:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harold Danko Primary Artist, Piano
Eric Dolphy Track Performer
Michael Formanek Bass
Jeff Hirshfield Drums
Rich Perry Tenor Saxophone
Dave Ballou Trumpet
Technical Credits
Harold Danko Arranger, Liner Notes
Jon Rosenberg Engineer, Engineering
Nils Winther Producer
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