℗ © 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.
Out There was the second album for the Prestige subsidiary New Jazz by the inestimable multi-reedman/composer Eric Dolphy (1928-1964). It was in every way stunning—from the eerie cover painting to the starkly beautiful colors of an ensemble consisting of reeds, cello, bass, and drums, to the ways in which the compositions (four by Dolphy) fused bebop solos and ever-expanding freebop harmonies with contemporary classical chamber works.
This was a deeply personal statement by a musician who in 1960 was beginning to establish himself as one of the most expressive instrumental voices of his time. Dolphy and young Ron Carter, heard here on cello rather than bass, interact throughout with a closeness bordering on the extrasensory, and on Charles Mingus’s “Eclipse” and especially Hale Smith’s “Feathers,” Dolphy produces two of the most moving performances of a life that ended all too soon.
Recorded August 15, 1960 at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
Eric Dolphy - alto saxophone, flute, B-flat, bass clarinets
Ron Carter - cello
George Duvivier - bass
Roy Haynes - drums
Producer: Esmond Edwards
Reissue producers: Nick Phillips and Bob Porter
Recording and remastering engineer: Rudy Van Gelder