Album Remarks & Appraisals:
So long, Eric! For this tribute to Eric Dolphy, Alexander von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase have put together an ensemble with some of the best interpreters of Dolphy’s music. In addition to Aki Takase and Alexander von Schlippenbach on grand pianos, Han Bennink and Karl Berger, two of Dolphy’s former collaborators can be heard on drums and vibraphone. The band is completed by one of the most exciting front lines on the European jazz scene with Rudi Mahall, Nils Wogram, Axel Dörner, Henrik Walsdorff and Tobias Delius. Bold arrangments and visionary playing bring out the exploding expressivity of Dolphy’s compositions and prove that – even 50 years after Dolphy’s death – they sound fresh and relevant.
Tributee: Eric Dolphy.
Personnel: Aki Takase (piano); Alexander von Schlippenbach (piano); Rudi Mahall (clarinet, bass clarinet); Henrik Walsdorff (alto saxophone); Tobias Delius (tenor saxophone); Axel Dörner (trumpet); Nils Wogram (trombone); Karl Berger (vibraphone); Han Bennink, Heinrich Köbberling (drums).
Recording information: 06/19/2014/06/20/2014.
Arrangers: Aki Takase; Alexander von Schlippenbach.