For the past 10 days or so, I have had the great pleasure of having visitors stay with me (Manolo, then my Bro, then Manolo again). With people occupying all of my free time, I haven’t had much time to read or listen to music. It took me twice as long to finish Naguib Mahfouz’ The Beginning and the End than what it should have. And last night, while I began reading Nuriddin Farah’s latest novel Knots, I was thinking that I have to stop buying new music. I simply do not have time to fully appreciate so much music if I want to continue reading and maintaining a moderate level of sociability.
Well, tonight after having read about 75 pages of Knots, I decided to surf a little on the net. This turned into a bit of an error as I began searching to see what Eric Dolphy CDs were available on iTunes. Dolphy was a multi-instrumentalist who played the alto-sax, bass clarinet, and flute. Above all, I just cannot get enough of the sound of his flute. In particular, I love his album Out There with Ron Carter playing the cello. In my search (and gluttony for his jazz flute), I discovered two more interesting Dolphy CDs, Iron Man and Where? (with Carter as the band leader). So much for taking advantage of my time and saving money.
Unfotunately, I cannot find any good, quality videos of Dolphy on flute and radioblogclub is presently under re-construction. So, the best thing, is this video of a Dolphy performance on alto-sax with the John Coltrane Quartet.