Review: ‘Musical Prophet’ Memorializes Eric Dolphy’s Radical Jazz Genius

To say that Eric Dolphy died in his prime would be a massive understatement. While on tour in Berlin in June 1964, the multi-instrumental virtuoso — whose solos on alto saxophone, bass clarinet and flute zoomed and zig-zagged like rogue comets — suffered sudden diabetes-related complications and passed away at age 36. In the prior year alone, he had performed with old friends John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, appeared on pianist Andrew Hill’s now-classic Point of Departure LP and recorded Out to Lunch!, his own magnum opus as a bandleader.

Dolphy’s final
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