Benny Bailey (tp) Eric Dolphy (as, bcl) Pepsi Auer (p) Jamil Nasser (b) Buster Smith (d) “Funkturm Exhibition Hall”, Berlin, West Germany, August 30, 1961 and “Club Jazz Salon”, Berlin, West Germany, August 30, 1961
Eric Dolphy Berlin Concerts issued on the German Enja label, probably around the very early Eighties. Dolphy died young of complications of diabetes, aged only 36 (a fact well-known to followers of my “Jazz Trivia” chart. https://londonjazzcollector.wordpress.com/trivia/ ) His trademark goatee however will remain with us as a signature of true jazz Bohemians.
It’s a raucous Mingus-like session without the dominant presence of Mingus, allowing Dolphy to show what he can do. Lots of squeaking and wailing, and impossibly fast run on the alto, in a bopi-sh big band setting. The players were mostly unknown to me, a mixture of American and European, and it moves briskly along.
Its a bit of a walk on the wild side, but needed to keep all that foot-tapping Bop in perspective.