The Latin Jazz Quintet (UAL 4071) (1961)

SAM_0584The presence here of Coltrane sideman/multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy was enough to secure £1 purchase today of this piece of early Sixties exotica. In fact, Dolphy blowing in a manner suggestive of the free jazz, raises this a cut above your average loungecore pandering (the silly “Cha Cha King” excepted). Highlight: a polyrhythmic romp on Dizzy’s evergreen “Night In Tunisia”.SAM_0585

Published in: on October 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. i know he’s raved about by hardcore jazz freaks, but to me eric dolphy is synonymous with the phrase “mindless parping (especially in collaboration with charles mingus)… however, here he’s kept on a tight leash to good effect on this excellent afro-cuban version of the dizzy gillespie jazz standard

    • As a result largely of J Coltrane’s monumental influence, things got a bit out of hand free jazz-wise in the 60s; I love the man’s work, but I can’t listen to virtually any of it he recorded post-May 1965. Jazzman Records has done a brilliant job cherry picking 60s avant-garde jazz; their Spiritual Jazz series comes highly recommended.

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