Personnel: Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet); Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Mal Waldron, Jaki Byard, Bent Axen (piano); Richard Davis, George Tucker, Erik Moseholm (bass); Ed Blackwell, Roy Haynes, Jorn Elniff (drums).
Recorded live at the Five Spot, New York, New York on July 16, 1961; the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 1, 1960; Berlingske Has, Copenhagen, Denmark on July 16, 1961. Originally released on Prestige (7382). Includes liner notes by Mack Thomas.
This CD reissue has rarities from three different Eric Dolphy sessions. "April Fool" and the alternate take of "G.W." are drawn from Dolphy's initial date as a leader, a quintet outing with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and pianist Jaki Byard. "Don't Blame Me" is taken from a Copenhagen concert but it is the two remaining numbers ("Status Seeking" and an unaccompanied rendition on bass clarinet of "God Bless the Child") that are of greatest interest. The latter cuts are taken from Dolphy's legendary gig at the Five Spot Cafe with trumpeter Booker Little, pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Ed Blackwell, not duplicating the seven more famous performances that are often thought of as the group's entire output. Although it is easy to think of this set on a whole as containing "leftovers," Dolphy's strong playing on alto, flute and bass clarinet makes the music of strong interest to his fans. ~ Scott Yanow
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