To celebrate its 75 anniversary, Blue Note Records will be releasing their “Top 100” albums on remastered vinyl records. Their selections are not without controversy but the opening selections for March seem hard to criticize. (Label chief Don Was interviewed by pretentious audiophile Michael Fremer part one, part two) I was curious about the records, but despite what Was says they are still quite an outlay, vacillating between 18 - 25 dollars on Amazon. I couldn’t pass up one of my all time favorite albums however, Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch. Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder’s legendary studio on February 25, 1964 with Dolphy on alto saxophone, bass clarinet and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone, Richard Davis on bass and Tony Williams (barely 18 years old) on drums. The music is extraordinary moving from the angular Thelonious Monk tribute “ Hat and Beard” to the flute driven “Gazzelloni” and the unique “Straight Up and Down” the music is wonderfully modern and must have been startling at the time. It remains fresh to this day and deserves all of the accolades it has garnered. Out To Lunch - amazon.com.
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