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Eric Dolphy: Conversations

LP: FM 308
CD: Fuel 2000 Records 3020611342

Tracks & Composers
1 Jitterbug Waltz (Maltby, Waller)
2 Music Matador (Lasha, Simmons)
3 Love Me (Washington, Young)
4 Alone Together (Dietz, Schwartz)

Hutcherson on track 1 only

Personnel
Eric Dolphy (as, fl, b-cl); Prince Lasha (fl); Clifford Jordan (ss); Sonny Simmons (as); Woody Shaw (tp); Bobby Hutcherson (vib); Richard Davis, Eddie Khan (b); J.C. Moses (d)

Recording Date & Location
1, 4 July 1963, New York, NY

Commentary
The four songs that make up Conversations are more genial than the songs issued on Iron Man. Hutch plays only on the first tune, Dolphy’s version of Fat Waller’s "Jitterbug Waltz". Bobby comps beautifully behind Dolphy's flute solo and Shaw's trumpet work. His solo is impressive too.

You might think “Matador” would be confrontational, but it isn’t. Instead, it’s a loping Latin number, reminiscent of Mingus’ Tijuana Moods. “Alone Together” is a rumbling, ruminative bass clarinet / double-bass duet.

 


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