Some of the best work we've ever heard from Eric Dolphy
's years with Chico Hamilton – and tracks that don't appear to be on any of the Warner Brothers albums from the time! If you're not familiar with the work of this group, it's great – and represents a key point in both the career of Dolphy
and Hamilton – as the former really got the chance to open up with the lyrical freedom he'd display even more strongly in the 60s, and the latter was graced with a great chance-taking reedman that would help inspire his best experiments of later years. The group's a quintet with Dolphy
on a variety of reeds, Hamilton on drums, Dennis Budimir on guitar, Nathan Gershman on cello, and either Wyatt Ruther or Ralph Pena on bass. The lack of a piano and presence of three stringed instruments makes for a really unique sound – one that's very well suited to the sort of light lines on flute and alto that first grabbed attention for Dolphy
's talents in the late 50s LA scene. Titles include "Champs Elysees", "Fat Mouth", "Theme For A Starlet", "Lullaby For Dreamers", "Cawn Pawn", "Lady E", "Truth", and "Opening".
(Out of print.)