The Record Collection

Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch! (1964)

Blue Note BST 84163

Track list:

01 – Hat and Beard
02 – Something Sweet, Something Tender
03 – Gazzelloni
04 – Out to Lunch
05 – Straight Up and Down


Freddie Hubbard — trumpet
Eric Dolphy — bass clarinet (#1,2), flute (#3), alto saxophone (#4,5)
Bobby Hutcherson — vibraphone
Richard Davis — bass
Tony Williams — drums

Recorded: at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; February 25, 1964.

Producer: Alfred Lion
Recording Engineer: Rudy van Gelder

Out to Lunch! was Eric Dolphy’s only recording for Blue Note Records as a leader and was originally issued as BLP 4163 and BST 84163.

Today it is generally considered one of the finest albums in the label’s history, as well as one of the high points in 1960s jazz avant garde and in Dolphy’s discography.

The title of the album’s first track, “Hat and Beard”, refers to Thelonious Monk; the song contains a famous percussive interlude featuring Tony Williams and Bobby Hutcherson.

“Something Sweet, Something Tender” includes a noteworthy duet between Richard Davis on bass and Dolphy on bass clarinet.

The third composition, “Gazzelloni”, was named after classical flautist Severino Gazzelloni, but is otherwise the album’s most conventional, bop-based theme.

The second side features two long pieces for alto saxophone: the title track, and “Straight Up and Down”, intended, according to the original liner notes, to evoke a drunken stagger.

Tony Williams had turned eighteen a few months (75 days) before this recording, and is listed as “Anthony Williams” on the album cover.

A few months after recording this album, Dolphy went on a European tour with Charles Mingus. He died shortly thereafter of a diabetic coma.
—wikipedia (Aug 2012)