Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography And Discography

Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography And Discography

by Vladimir Simosko, Barry Tepperman


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"Eric Dolphy was a saint—in every way, not just in his playing."—Charles Mingus

In his tragically short life (1928-1964), Eric Dolphy was a titanic force in the development of the sixties avant-garde (or "new thing") from the hard bop of the late fifties. The searing intensity and sonic exploration of his work on alto sax, clarinets, and flute derived in part from the concurrent innovations of Coltrane, Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, and Andrew Hill, among others; previous jazz styles such as New Orleans and bop; various non-Western musics; and modern classical music (e.g., Varese). Dolphy pioneered extended solo jazz compositions, was prominent in the "third stream" movement (led by John Lewis and Gunther Schuller), and remains a major influence on musicians today for the personal, speech-like inflections of his playing. Jazz scholars Simosko and Tepperman examine every aspect of this stunning musical achievement from Dolphy's early big band work and association with Chico Hamilton to his own last groups in Europe, emphasizing the rich legacy of his recordings. Now completely updated to include the most recent discoveries concerning his life and recordings, this book will long stand as the definitive treatment of Eric Dolphy's music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306805240
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 12/01/1979
Series: Quality Paperbacks Series
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 981,643
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Vladimir Simosko was formerly the curator of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. He has published many articles and books including Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography and Discography (1974), Serge Chaloff: A Musical Biography and Discography (1998), and Artie Shaw: A Musical Biography and Discography (2000). He is the former Head of the Music Library at the University of Manitoba.

Barry Tepperman is a Fellow, Radio Oncology, of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Fellow at the American College of Radiology.

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