Far Cry

Far Cry

by Eric Dolphy QuintetEric Dolphy Quintet


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Charlie Parker's influence permeates this 1960 session. Beyond the obvious acknowledgment on song titles ("Mrs. Parker of K.C. ['Bird's Mother']" and "Ode to Charlie Parker"), his restless spirit is utilized as a guiding light for breaking bebop molds. Far Cry finds multi-reedist Eric Dolphy in a transitional phase, relinquishing Parker's governing universal impact and diving into the next controversial phase that critics began calling "anti-jazz." On this date Booker Little's lyrical trumpet and Jackie Byard's confident grasp of multiple piano styles (though both steeped in hard bop) were sympathetic to the burgeoning "avant-garde" approach that Dolphy displays, albeit sparingly, on this session. Far Cry contains the initial performance of Dolphy's future jazz classic "Miss Ann," along with his first recorded solo alto sax performance on "Tenderly," in which Dolphy bridges the gap between the solo saxophone performances of Coleman Hawkins and Anthony Braxton.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2012
Label: American Jazz Class
UPC: 8436028697588
catalogNumber: 2869758
Rank: 46292


  1. Mrs. Parker of K.C. (Bird's Mother)
  2. Ode to Charlie Parker
  3. Far Cry
  4. Miss Ann
  5. Left Alone
  6. Tenderly
  7. It's Magic
  8. Serene
  9. T'Aint Nobody's Business If I Do
  10. Cliff Walk

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Dolphy Quintet   Primary Artist
Benny Bailey   Trumpet
Ron Carter   Bass
Eric Dolphy   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Kenny Dorham   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Booker Little   Trumpet
Julian Priester   Trombone
Max Roach   Drums
Walter Benton   Tenor Saxophone
Abbey Lincoln   Vocals
Jaki Byard   Piano
Roy Haynes   Drums
Peck Morrison   Bass

Technical Credits

Eric Dolphy   Composer
Booker Little   Composer
Mal Waldron   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Jaki Byard   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Original Liner Notes
Porter Grainger   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Original Liner Notes
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Everett Robbins   Composer
Morton James   Liner Notes

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