from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Dolphy, Eric Allan 1928-1964. American jazz clarinetist noted for his unconstrained solos and for introducing Eastern musical traditions into jazz.


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  • Within the lounge, there is also a racing match frequently conducted with "Dolphy" the virtual pet.

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  • John came up to my office at ABC with saxophonist Eric Dolphy.

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  • Dutch percussion master Han Bennink goes back far enough to have been the natural accompanist to American jazz giants Dexter Gordon and Eric Dolphy on their visits to the Netherlands.

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  • The image above, taken at the moody Village Gate in 1961, epitomizes the new age as John Coltrane launched in a Gillespie band and Eric Dolphy perform over the backing of two bassists.

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  • Facey's fascination with overlooked sax and bass-clarinet visionary Eric Dolphy drives the band's current work, and it's full of variety, from boppish speediness to free-contrapuntal ensemble spontaneity.

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  • (Soundbite of song, "So He Left") WHITEHEAD: The band Empirical takes what they learned from Eric Dolphy and make it their own.

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  • Like his colleagues Charles Mingus and John Coltrane, Dolphy could blur the lines between traditional and exploratory jazz.

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  • Empirical play two Dolphy tunes on their album dedicated to him "Out 'n' In."

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  • The addition of trumpeter Jeremy Pelt (who recalls Freddie Hubbard in his sessions with Eric Dolphy) to bassist Gregg August and drummer Rodney Green makes the group's music even more accessible.

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  • The first Dolphy song he ever heard moved him enough to buy the reedman's "At the Five Spot" recording, and he was impressed with the structure of the band.

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