Eric Dolphy: Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot

Eric Dolphy: Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot

Analogue Productions  CPRJ 8260 SA

Stereo Hybrid


Eric Dolphy

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions — 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 331/3 and also released on Hybrid SACD

All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray

One night during a one-time, two-week engagement at the Five Spot produced enough music of lasting merit for three albums. When Rudy Van Gelder took his portable equipment down to the fabled Cooper Square jazz club on July 16, 1961, he captured the interaction of an extraordinary quintet.

Eric Dolphy, Booker Little, Mal Waldron, Richard Davis and Ed Blackwell had formed a cooperative group and, if LIttle had not died in October 1961, there is no doubt that it would have been a potent force in the music of the 1960s and beyond. Dolphy himself died in June 1964, after establishing himself as one of the important contemporary reedmen. Here his alto saxophone and bass clarinet and Little’s trumpet explore three originals: "The Prophet" by Dolphy, "Bee Vamp" by Little, and "Fire Waltz" by Waldron. It’s time caught in a bottle — music for the ages.

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1. Fire Waltz
2. Bee Vamp
3. The Prophet
Comments (1)

Comment by Mark Werlin - March 18, 2018 (1 of 1)

Good things come in threes. The second group of three releases in the long-ago announced series of 25 Prestige stereo titles is finally being shipped.

I'm looking forward to hearing all four of the Eric Dolphy SACDs, especially because the transfer and mastering was done by Kevin Gray from original tape sources. Some Prestige jazz recordings released as hi-res downloads by the license holder, Concord Music Group, are not being sourced from original tapes. Technical notes on John Coltrane's Prestige session "Soultrane", available in 192/24 (quoted from my preferred download vendor):

"44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered in 192 kHz / 24-bit and 96 kHz / 24-bit"

The Analogue Productions Mono series SACD John Coltrane: Soultrane was mastered from the original tape. Why would Concord issue a similarly-priced product derived from a lesser-quality source?