Out to Lunch!

Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch!
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1964 Ratings: #2
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The History of the Albums – n°246

[I invite you to read my review of Eric Dolphy's Out There album (1961), to learn more about his life and this one]. On June 29, 1964, music experienced one of its most painful and tragic losses: the death of a legend, Eric Dolphy. While on a European tour with Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy collapsed on stage during a concert in a Berlin club caused by a diabetic coma. A contested tragedy that opposes several versions. According to sources close to the ... read more
*700 Followers* A special thanks to every one of you!

Today, in commemoration of 700 followers, I would like to shed some light on one of my favorite albums of all time: Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch. Out to Lunch is an album that is one of the most creative and groundbreaking pieces of music ever released. Out to Lunch is infamous for its varied sound, which clings to the traditions of jazz music by only a thin thread as it closely resembled what was to come with the free jazz movement. It was ... read more
'Out to Lunch!' is probably one of the more chaotic jazz records I've heard so far, the sheer unpredictability and musicianship is enough to keep me invested in what's going on, the compositions are obscure, quite alluring and performed well. All of this makes it stand out as a unique record in the avant-garde jazz field.
Tag it Post-Bop, Avant-Garde, Free Jazz... Dolphy’s ‘Out to Lunch' is an exceptional outpouring of creative and accomplished American Jazz. On this record, he teams with Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Richard Davis, and Tony Williams (18 at the time!). An impressive lineup to be sure. Dolphy displays his prowess with the bass clarinet, flute, and alto saxophone and is credited for composing all 5 tracks. While some might reel at the style of Jazz music played here, it is quite ... read more
Out to Lunch, Eric Dolphy's magnum opus. A jazz record where everything seem so masterfully crafted and fully engaging every second to create playful record but one where you are simply impress by the complexity of the music. Easily a standout in the world of jazz and a must listen.

Track Review

Hat and Beard 10/10
Something Sweet, Something Tender 9.5/10
Gazzelloni 9.5/10
Out to Lunch 9/10
Straight Up and Down 9/10

Average: 9.4/10
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Track List

  1. Hat and Beard
  2. Something Sweet, Something Tender
  3. Gazzelloni
  4. Out to Lunch
  5. Straight Up and Down
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Added on: March 5, 2014