Eric Dolphy Out There (1960)

New Jazz
  • 1. Out There
  • 2. Serene
  • 3. The Baron
  • 4. Eclipse
  • 5. 17 West
  • 6. Sketch Of Melba
  • 7. Feathers

By the time of this 1960 recording, only his second as a leader, Dolphy has already dispensed with the "traditional" jazz instrumentation. With bassist George Duvivier and drummer Roy Haynes holding down the rhythm, Ron Carter moves to the frontline armed with a cello, joining Dolphy as he switches from alto to bass clarinet to regular clarinet to flute. Out There catches Dolphy at a significant crossroads: The music is more ambitious and more jagged than on its predecessor Outward Bound, but more cohesive and less aurally challenging than on his 1964 master work, Out to Lunch.