Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Eric Dolphy

Eric Allan Dolphy was a jazz musician who played alto saxophone, flute and bass clarinet.

Dolphy was one of several groundbreaking jazz alto players to rise to prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists; he is arguably the greatest jazz improviser on either instrument. On early recordings, he occasionally played traditional B-flat soprano clarinet. His improvisational style was characterized by a near volcanic flow of ideas, utilizing wide intervals based largely on the 12-tone scale, in addition to using an array of animal- like effects which almost made his instruments speak. Although Dolphy's work is sometimes classified as free jazz, his compositions and solos had a logic uncharacteristic of many other free jazz musicians of the day; even as such, he was definitively avant-garde. In the years after his death his music was more aptly described as being “too out to be in and too in to be out.”

Read more

10 Photos

Albums

Videos

Similar

Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
Max Roach Max Roach
drums
Charles Mingus Charles Mingus
bass, acoustic
Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman
sax, alto
Albert Ayler Albert Ayler
sax, tenor
Archie Shepp Archie Shepp
saxophone
David S. Ware David S. Ware
sax, tenor

Premium Profiles

Quinsin Nachoff Quinsin Nachoff
saxophone
Tony Adamo Tony Adamo
vocalist
Thomas Steffen Thomas Steffen
arranger
Andrea Claburn Andrea Claburn
vocalist
LJ Folk LJ Folk
vocalist
Rob Reddy Rob Reddy
saxophone
Stu Harrison Stu Harrison
piano
Jack DeSalvo Jack DeSalvo
guitar
Karl Berger Karl Berger
band/orchestra
Norman David Norman David
saxophone
Ferit Odman Ferit Odman
drums
Anton Schwartz Anton Schwartz
sax, tenor

All About Vince Guaraldi!

An exclusive opportunity for All About Jazz readers to participate in the celebration of a jazz legend.