ON THIS DAY…

…in 1964, flautist and alto sax and bass clarinet player Eric Dolphy passed away having slipped into a diabetic coma while touring with Charles Mingus’s band in Berlin. Mingus described him as “a complete musician.” Dolphy’s style is described in his Wikipedia entry as “deeply emotional and free but strongly rooted in tradition and structured composition.” Judge for yourself from this YouTube rendition of Out To Lunch, Dolphy’s most acclaimed album, which sees him play alongside longtime collaborators trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson as well as bass player Richard Davis and a very young (just 18) Anthony (Tony) Williams on drums. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cklbhkm1HrE