March 11 street date. VID Jazz presents four classic Eric Dolphy albums including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. "Outward Bound"; "Out There"; "Far Cry" and "Eric Dolphy At The Five Spot".
December 27 street date. Recorded Live in Sweden in September 1961 the Uppsala Concert is an important document from Dolphy's first Swedish tour as leader of an obscure but talented local quartet featuring Rony Johansson - piano; Kurt Lindgren - bass and Rune Carlsson - drums. Master Dolphy shines, as always, on all his instruments alto sax, bass clarinet, and flute, while the track list consists of a rare mix of standards suchs as Milt Jackson's "Bags Groove", Monk's "52nd Street Theme", Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love?" and the famous unaccompanied alto sax version of "Laura", all this plus a 20 minutes long version of Dolphy's blues "245" where every single note played by Dolphy sounds as pure gold.
November 5 street date. Limited Clear Vinyl edition, 300 copies! A landmark in Eric Dolphy's discography. "Conversations" is the result of a historical studio session held in New York in 1963 with Dolphy at the core of various line up configurations featuring a bunch of young innovators like Prince Lasha, Sonny Simmons, Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson, Clifford Jordan, Richard Davis... Each of the four tracks is a fine example of Dolphy's highly eclectic language including an alto sax solo of rare beauty (Love me), a landmark duet with Richard Davis (Alone Together) and two magnificent quintet pieces (Jitterbug Waltz and Music Matador). A real piece of Art from a true Jazz Genius in the early "New Thing" era.
July 15 street date. Eric Dolphy made a significant impact in the world of Jazz over a period of half a dozen years running from 1958 until his untimely death in 1964. He took part in many of the great recording sessions, both as a leader and sideman, that moulded the sounds and outlook for modern Jazz as it developed over subsequent decades. In addition, in his superior hands, he gave a voice to the under-used Bass Clarinet - as heard on "Out There"'s tracks "Eclipse" and "Serene", eventually taken up by equally adept Reedmen, and his Flute playing became a model for those looking to expand the range of the instrument. 1960 became his breakthrough year as Prestige Records gave him the chance to record under his own name which resulted in 1961's "Out There". Dolphy emerges on this album as a fully-fledged Modernist. His technique is impressive but the emotional commitment he brings to the music is equally striking.
March 31 street date. Reissue, originally released in 1960. Avant-garde pioneer Eric Dolphy achieved incredible things with the bass clarinet, establishing it as a vehicle for solo improvisation, and was equally adept on alto and flute, gaining kudos from peers such as John Coltrane and Charles Mingus . Outward Bound holds a special place in jazz as Dolphy's first LP fronting his dynamite quintet, leaving conventions behind from the get-go. With the entire group on tremendous form throughout and Dolphy reaching the heights of his genius, this is a stellar release from a giant whose star shined brightly and briefly, until his tragic early death from undiagnosed diabetes. Unmissable!
April 22 street date. NPR Music's 2019 Jazz Critic Poll winner, Eric Dolphy Musical Prophet: The Expanded N.Y. Studio Sessions (1962-1963), is back in print with a limited-edition second pressing mastered by renowned engineer Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio. Musical Prophet was the first official release of previously-unissued Eric Dolphy studio recordings in over 30 years, and contained the complete studio album tracks from Conversations and Iron Man originally produced by Alan Douglas, who was most well-known for his association with Jimi Hendrix, but also worked on classic jazz albums such as Money Jungle with Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach. The deluxe 3-LP 180-gram set includes nearly 85 minutes of bonus material from the 1962 and 1963 studio session in New York City, and features jazz greats such as saxophonists Clifford Jordan and Sonny Simmons, trumpeter Woody Shaw, bassist Richard Davis and NEA Jazz Master vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. The exhaustive booklet includes rare and previously unpublished photos and memorabilia; essays by jazz scholar Robin D.G. Kelley and co-producer/flutist James Newton; interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz icon Henry Threadgill and acclaimed flutist Nicole Mitchell; plus, much more! This is truly the holy grail of long-lost Eric Dolphy recordings.
June 9 street date. Recorded live by Rudy Van Gelder this is one of a pair of Dolphy's albums documenting the 1961 historical residency at the Five Spot, the New York's major temple of the early avantgarde. This is timeless music performed by one of the essential lineups in modern Jazz. A marvelous quintet featuring the great Booker Little on trumpet and the amazing rhythm section of Mal Waldron — piano, Richard Davis — double bass and Ed Blackwell — drums plus, of course, master Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone, bass clarinet and flute. "All forward thinking and challenged listeners need to own these epic club dates" Allmusic
December 3 street date. Originally recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in August 1960 and released in February 1961, "Caribè" shows the great multi instrumentalist Eric Dolphy in the unexpected context of a Latin Jazz combo. A fascinating combination of apparently distant elements where Dolphy's masterful playing shines through every harmony and groove displayed by this solid Latin-Jazz quintet featuring Juan Amalbert – congas, Gene Casey – piano, Charlie Simons – vibraphone, Bill Ellington – bass and Manny Ramos - drums, timbales.