Late Dolphy

Advanced recordings, Mingus Tour

May 1963 - June 1964

Eric Dolphy
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NYC (Music Makers, Inc.), 1 July, 1963

Eric Dolphy (fl,bcl); Richard Davis (bass).

Alone Together [13:37, 12:07](bcl), Come Sunday [6:30](bcl), Ode to C.P. [8:14](fl). Muses [8:49](bcl)

Alone Together is on Joy 116, Come Sunday and Ode are on "Iron Man". These duets are wonderful. I'm particularly fond of Come Sunday, an easy beautiful tune to play, so if you have a guitarist or bassist handy check it out. Reichardt's update spends a lot of time on these sessions, and says that Muses is unissued, and that there is an alternate take of Alone Together, also unissued. These were issued in Japan in November 2013, Marshmallow Export MMEX-159-CD.


The original issues were on "Conversations", FM-308 (Alone) and "Iron Man" (see below), Douglas International SD785. See below for other issues. Peter Roberts provided a scan of the back of SD785 and a black and white version of the same photo.

3 July, 1963

Woody Shaw (tpt); Clifford Jordan (ts); Huey "Sonny" Simmons (as); William "Prince" Lasha (fl); Eric Dolphy (bcl); Garvin Bushell (bassoon); Bobby Hutcherson (vib); Richard Davis, Eddie Khan (bass); J.C. Moses (dr).

Burning Spear [12:03] (bcl)

On "Iron Man", see below. Douglas 15, Douglas SD785, KZ 30873, Celluloid (OAO) CELCD5015, Metronome 72659, West Wind 2057, and elsewhere. Apparently the whole session was released on the 2-LP "Jitterbug Waltz", Douglas DLP 6002 in 1976 (thanks to Todd Poynor for this info).

Clifford Jordan (ss); Sonny Simmons (as); Prince Lasha (fl); Eric Dolphy (bcl); Richard Davis (bass); Charles Moffett (dr).

Music Matador [9:35](bcl)

Originally on "Conversations", Fred Miles FM-308.

Woody Shaw (tpt); Eric Dolphy (as,fl); Bobby Hutcherson (vib); Eddie Khan, Richard Davis (bass); J.C. Moses (dr).

Jitterbug Waltz [7:18](fl), Iron Man [9:14, 8:27](as), Mandrake [4:52, 4:19](as)

Iron Man and Mandrake are on "Iron Man", Jitterbug Waltz is on "Conversations" and elsewhere. There were two takes of Iron Man and Mandrake, but the alternates remain unissued. All of these recordings represent a rare opportunity for Eric to direct an ensemble in his own music, showing again how he had his own voice and ideas. This music could be related to many other people's efforts, but remains clearly Eric's vision, almost sentimental but profound and angry. He uses an alto sound here that is unlike anywhere else. Truly a mountain of creativity.

MMEX-159 has the alternate Iron Man and Mandrake.

Cartoon for Iron Man

Thanks to Guillaume Belhomme.


Eric Dolphy (as).

Love Me [3:22, 3:40]

Also on "Conversations". Magnificent! My favorite unaccompanied performance.

MMEX-159 has the alternate Love Me.

Fred Miles FM-308, "Conversations" is equivalent to VeeJay VJLP2503, Fontant (C)688.521ZL, Exodus EX6005, Joy (E)JOYS116 ("The Eric Dolphy Memorial Album"), DJM(E)22041, Epitaph E-4010, Affinity (E)AFF47, Trip TLP5012, Teichiku (J)KUX-53, ULS-1655, RCA (VeeJay) (J)RJL-2662, RJL-6003, Celluloid CELL-5014, Restless 7 72660, Le Jazz CD14.
Douglas SD785, "Iron Man", is equivalent to Douglas 15, Douglas KZ30.873, CBS-Sony/Epic (J)ECPM-91, Douglas/Epic (J)53028, Douglas (F)500.003, Celluloid CELL5015, Metronome 72659, WestWind 2057.
Both of these were put together on DLP6002/3, "Jitterbug Waltz".
Alone Together, Music Matador, Jitterbug Waltz, and Love Me are on I grandi del Jazz (I)GdJ77. Music Matador and Jitterbug Waltz are on Everest/Archive of Folk and Jazz Music FS-227, Mode Disques (F)CMDEVR9642, I grandi del Jazz (I)VDS325. Jitterbug is on Harlem Hit Parade HHP-5002, Murray Hill 927942. Love Me is on VeeJay VJS2501, Joy (E)JOYS203. Iron Man can be heard on the soundtrack of the film "Dynamite Chicken" by Ernie Pintoff. Thanks to Reichardt for his extensive research into these great but mistreated sessions.


Charles Mingus and his Orchestra
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NYC, 20 September 1963

Eddie Preston, Richard Williams (tpt); Britt Woodman (tbn); Don Butterfield (tuba); Eric Dolphy (as,fl); Dick Hafer (ts,fl,cl); Booker Ervin (ts); Jerome Richardson (ss,bars,fl); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,dir); Walter Perkins (dr); Bob Hammer (arr,cond).

II B.S., Mood Indigo, Theme for Lester Young, Hora Decubitus (as), Freedom, Take the A Train

All but Freedom are on "Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus", Impulse A-54, and MCAD-39119 with Freedom on "The Definitive Jazz Scene", Impulse A-99. All charts also on Impulse AS-9234-2, "Reevaluation: the Impulse Years". Take the A Train is unissued. Nice Mingus music, Eric doesn't solo much except on Hora Decubitus where he really whips the alto out.
Other issues: IMPL5010, HMV (E)CLP1742, CSD1545, (E)IMPL8033, (I)IMP436, (J)YP-8541, (J)VIM-5546, (J)P-5923, Jasmine (E)JAS36, MCA2-4128, HMV (E)CLP1798, EMI-Columbia (G)1C052-90806, Philips (G)843503BY, (G)632092BL, (J)YP-8501, QJ-25171, ASD-9228-3, P6-11891, FM-028, ASY-9284-3, (G)SHZE814, AS-9285-2, (EU)240717.


Gil Evans and his Orchestra
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NYC, September 1963

Jimmy Cleveland (tbn); Gil Cohen, Don Corrado, Julius Watkins (frh); Eric Dolphy (fl,bcl); Steve Lacy (ss); Bob Tricarico (ts); Al Block (fl); Gil Evans (pno,comp,arr,dir); Margaret Ross (harp); Paul Chambers, Richard Davis, Ben Tucker (bass); Barry Galbraith (gtr); Elvin Jones (dr).

Flute Song

With below, on "The Individualism of Gil Evans", Verve V6-8555.


Gil Evans and his Orchestra
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NYC, September 1963

Jimmy Cleveland, Tony Studd (tbn); Jim Buffington, Bob Northern, Julius Watkins (frh); Eric Dolphy (fl,bcl,as); Steve Lacy (ss); Bob Tricarico (ts); Jerome Richardson (fl,bars); Johnny Coles, Ernie Royal, Louis Mucci (tpt); Gil Evans (pno,comp,arr,dir); Paul Chambers, Richard Davis, Milt Hinton (bass); Osie Johnson (dr).

El Toreador

With above and below, on "The Individualism of Gil Evans", Verve V6-8555, (E)2683045, (J)MV2054, (J)23MJ3384, DGG (G)19.353, VSTC319.


John Coltrane Quintet

Showboat, Philadelphia, 18 November 1963

John Coltrane (ss,ts); Eric Dolphy (as); McCoy Tyner (pno); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Elvin Jones (dr).

Body and Soul

Fujioka lists this concert on a private tape. There are additional performances of Naima, I Want to Talk About You, I Can't Get Started, and It's Easy to Remember, all without Eric. The following afternoon (or was it the afternoon before this concert?) the quartet recorded Alabama.

(not in my collection)


Orchestra USA

Assembly Hall, Hunter College, New York City, 29 November 1963

Eric Dolphy (fl,bcl,as); Don Ashworth, Eddie Caine, Wally Kane, Jerome Richardson, Ray Shiner, Don Stewart (woodwinds); Gerry Mulligan (bars); Louis Mucci, Joe Newman, Nick Travis (tpt); Robert Northern, Robert Swisshelm (frh); Mike Zwerin (tbn); Harvey Phillips (tuba); Jim Hall (gtr); John Lewis (pno, dir); Richard Davis (bass); Connie Kay (dr); Michael Colgrass, Harold Farberman (perc); Gerald Beal, Lewis Eley, Gino Sambuco, Jerry Widoff (vln); Julien Barber, Aaron Juvelier (viola); Alfred Bartles, Joseph Tekula (cello); Gunther Schuller (con).

Fugue In D Minor (J. S. Bach), Concerto No. 2 For Orchestra (Miljenko Prohaska), Natural Affection (John Lewis), Donnie's Theme (John Lewis), England's Carol (John Lewis), Cortege (John Lewis), The Queen's Fancy (John Lewis), Improvisation (collective improvisation), I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Ned Washington, George Bassman), I Should Care (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn), Silver (John Lewis), Intima (Miljenko Prohaska), Pretty Little Gypsy (Gary McFarland)

Information from Michael Fitzgerald's Orchestra USA discography. No known recording. Dolphy apparently is not on Improvisation, Sentimental, and I Should Care.

(not in my collection of course)

John Coltrane Quartet with Eric Dolphy

Lincoln Center, NYC, 31 December 1963

John Coltrane (ss,ts); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); McCoy Tyner (pno); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Elvin Jones (dr).

My Favorite Things, Alabama, Impressions

S&T list this as a private recording that may not even exist! Is this fair? They note Amiri Baraka's review of this concert, which also featured Cecil Taylor and Art Blakey. Any news since 1974? Simosko feels the same.

(not in my collection of course)


Sextet of Orchestra U.S.A.
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NYC, 10 January 1964

Nick Travis (tpt); Mike Zwerin (btpt); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); John Lewis (pno,arr,dir); Richard Davis (bass); Connie Kay (dr).

Alabama Song (bcl), Havana Song, As You Make Your Bed (as)

"Mack the Knife and other Berlin Theatre Songs of Kurt Weill", RCA Victor 3498, according to S&T and Swing Journal. Also RCA Bluebird 62852-RB (CD) "The Theater Music of Kurt Weill". Simosko says this is a stiff session. I'd agree, but it is interesting. Also on (F)PL42413, 430.7305, (J)PG-125, RGP-1060, RJL-2527, ND 86285. Alabama Song is on (F)PM45.350.


New York Philharmonic Young People's Concert
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Lincoln Center, NYC, 8 February 1964

Don Ellis (tpt); Eric Dolphy (as); Benny Golson (ts); Richard Davis (bass); Joe Cocuzzo (dr); Nat Hentoff (libretto); Gunther Schuller (comp,cond); Leonard Bernstein and the NY Philharmonic.

Journey into Jazz

This is available as a film (and a video from Sony SHV57433) from McGraw-Hill. Simosko calls this banal and frustrating. I think it's kind of amusing and entertaining, if not musically rewarding. The other pieces from this concert were Copland's piano concerto with Copland playing, and a piece by an American composer. Eric gets a brief solo and blows Lincoln Center away for 5 seconds.


Eric Dolphy Quintet
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Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 25 February 1964

Freddie Hubbard (tpt); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Bobby Hutcherson (vib); Richard Davis (bass); Anthony Williams (dr).

Hat and Beard [8:28, 8:37](bcl), Something Sweet Something Tender [6:11, 5:44](bcl), Gazzelloni [7:25](fl), Out to Lunch [12:10](as), Straight Up and Down [8:22](as)

"Out to Lunch!", Blue Note BLP/84163 and CDP46524. Eric gets another opportunity to strut his stuff in the studio. Unfortunately this was the last such time. The music is incredible, the compositions challenging to play. Also on (J)CP32-5211, (J)LNJ-80.006, GXK-8046, BNJ-71041, (EU)5C038-60087. Hat and Beard is on LA158-83395/8, and Out to Lunch is on BST-89904, BN-LA160G-2.

See Silke Eberhard's transcription of Hat and Beard.

This group is reported to have played a live date after this studio session, and Freddie Hubbard supposedly had a tape from it. The alternate takes of Hat and Beard and Something Sweet Something Tender were issued in Japan in late 2013 on Blue Note ST-84163.


Bob James Quartet
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Basement of VFW Hall and WUOM Studio, Ann Arbor, MI, 1 and/or 2 March 1964

Bob James (pno); Ron Brooks (bass); Bob Pozar (dr); Eric Dolphy (fl, as, bcl); Once Brass Ensemble, unknown personnel, probably 8 french horns.

Strength with Unity

Performed at the Once Festival concert on 1 March, as discussed in Ralf Dietrich's article, was Strength and Unity, a Dolphy piece for alto saxophone and 8 french horns along with the piano trio. The composition is in 5/4, with an AABA form, with an introduction, theme chorus, Dolphy solo, James solo, refrain, and out chorus. There is applause after Dolphy's solo, so it seems likely that it was recorded at the Once Festival performance on the 1st, at what is now Seva Restaurant on Liberty St. Dietrich says that University of Michigan wind professor Louis Stout rehearsed the french horns, and that "there was neither time nor money for more than one rehearsal."

This piece was performed for probably the second time on 25 March 2000 in Pescara Italy by Gunther Schuller, Gianluigi Trovesi, and Paolo Ravaglia, among others, in an event produced by Marcello Piras. The Pescara concert also premiered Love Suite, an unfinished Dolphy composition, and they performed Miss Movement, Mandrake, God Bless the Child, Serene, and Red Planet. Thanks to Stefano Zenni and Ed Beuker for this information.

Here is another file with the music accompanied by mostly unrelated and very small pictures.

Released on the CD Ai confini tra Sardegna e Jazz - 2004 - Dedicated to Eric Dolphy.

Bob James (pno); Ron Brooks (bass); Bob Pozar (dr); Eric Dolphy (fl, as, bcl); David Schwartz (counter-tenor).

A Personal Statement [15:20](as,bcl,fl)(takes 1 and 2)

This Bob James composition was released as Jim Crow on Blue Note BT-85131 and CDP48041, (J)CP32-5346, "Other Aspects". This is a beautiful, deeply felt, and highly advanced work that was originally credited to Dolphy. Hale Smith had a tape of this that he passed along to James Newton, and they didn't know its origin. Presumably, Dolphy taped it himself at this Once Festival performance and gave the tape to Smith, or he got a copy from the radio station where they recorded it the next day. Details about this can be found in an article by Ralf Dietrich, who did the research that led to our finding out about this, thanks to Piotr Michalowski. See Dietrich's letter for the realization that this performance is what was issued on Other Aspects.


Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop
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Cornell University, Ithaca NY, 18 March 1964

Johnny Coles (tpt); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

ATFW You [4:42](piano solo), Sophisticated Lady [4:23](bass and piano), Fables of Faubus [29:42](bcl), Orange Was the Colour of Her Dress Then Blue Silk [15:05](bcl), Take the A Train [17:28](bcl), Meditations [31:36](fl,bcl), So Long Eric [15:18](as), When Irish Eyes Are Smiling on Mississippi USA [6:07](bcl), Jitterbug Waltz [9:59](fl)

Blue Note 92210. David Ackerman obtained the tape from the Cornell University radio station, where he worked, and called Mingus and visited his apartment to give him the tape. Finally released in 2007.


Andrew Hill Sextet
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Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 21 March 1964

Kenny Dorham (tpt); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Joe Henderson (ts); Andrew Hill (pno,comp); Richard Davis (bass); Anthony Williams (dr).

Refuge (as), New Monastery (as), Spectrum (as,bcl), Flight 19 (fl,bcl), Dedication (bcl)

"Point of Departure", Blue Note 84167, the CD has the alternate takes of Flight 19 and Dedication. Ed Beuker reports that the Rudy van Gelder CD issues 7243 4 99007 2 1 (US, NL) and TOCJ-9364 (J) include an alternate New Monastery as well. Some monster solo work, strong work by Dorham. Released on (J)GXK-8139, (J)BNJ-71042, Flight


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Town Hall, NYC, 4 April 1964

Johnny Coles (tpt); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

So Long Eric [17:48](as), Meditations [27:31](fl,bcl), Orange was the color of her dress then blue silk (bcl), Peggy's Blue Skylight[19:13] (as), Parkeriana [15:35](as), Fables of Faubus [11:06](bcl)

"Town Hall Concert", not to be confused with the attempted recording of Epitaph from 1962. Also half of 1980 Prestige Reissue "Portrait" (P-24092 or (I)HB6064, 2 LPs; the other half is Mingus MY FAVORITE QUINTET). Dolphy is not on FAVORITE. Town Hall by itself is also out as OJC042-2 (CD and LP), without Orange. Meditations is titled Praying with Eric and So Long Eric is often titled Playing with Eric. S&T and Reichardt describe confusion between Fantasy JWS 5 and 9. There is also a Sophisticated Lady and AT-FW-YOU-USA (without Eric).
Also released on JWS005S, JWS009, (F)30AM6140, (G)BLPS19051, (I)AMI-9, (J)SMJ-6289, (F)98/68.425.

Now released with previously unissued Peggy's, Parkeriana, and Fables on Mosaic MD6-253.


Gil Evans and his Orchestra
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NYC, 6 April 1964

Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow (tpt); Jimmy Cleveland, Tony Studd (tbn); Roy Alonge (frh); Bill Barber (tuba); Steve Lacy (ss); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Bob Tricarico (ts,fl); Garvin Bushell (fl); Kenny Burrell (gtr); Gil Evans (pno,comp,arr); Ron Carter, Paul Chambers (bass); Elvin Jones (dr).

Hotel Me [12:26](NS), Las Vegas Tango

Remember above sessions? "The Individualism of Gil Evans", Verve V6-8555. S&T also list Punjab, Concord, and Spoonful as unissued from this or September 1963 sessions. Bill Hery notes: Concorde (note spelling) and Spoonful were later released on "Gil Evans Orch, Kenny Burrell & Phil Woods" (Verve V6-8838). Both are on the CD reissue (Verve 833 804-2). But there is no Eric on these cuts, which were recorded 25 May 1964 (Eric was in Europe by then). Also on (E)2683045, (J)MV2054, (J)23MJ3384.


Hale Smith Septet

NYC, early April, 1964

Eric Dolphy (as); Seldon Powell (bars); Joe Newman (tpt); Melba Liston (tbn); Major Holley (bass); Earl Williams (dr); Hale Smith (pno).

According to Hale Smith, this was Dolphy's last studio session in the US. There were 2 compositions played, "a ballad and a 12/8 thing." Smith has a 45 rpm recording of it.


Charles Mingus Sextet
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Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 10 April 1964

Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Johnny Coles (tpt); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass); Dannie Richmond (dr).

OW [20:45](as), Don't Stay Over Here Too Long Eric [21:45](as), Orange was the color of her dress then blue silk [17:45](bcl), Meditations on a Pair of Wire Cutters [22:45](fl,bcl), Fables of Faubus [30:00](bcl)

Ulysse Musique AROC 50506/507/508. Also "Charles Mingus in Amsterdam", DIW 323/324 on CD according to Bill Hery, with Sophisticated Lady and ATFWYOU as well. OW is aka Parkeriana. So Long Eric titled as above on stage by Mingus. Some great solos by Clifford. The first two are on 50506, the next two on 50507, and Fables is on 50508. These are also numbered 1001 and 1002 on Ulysse Aroc as CDs. Also, East Coasting 506/507, DIW (J)1188/89 and 1206. This is now out on Mosaic MD6-253.
Paul Karting writes:
The concert began with an introduction by a guy, who was working for the Dutch Paul Acket organisation. (1:53). Mingus introduces the 1st composition "A.T.F.W.Y.O.U". (0:44), "A.T.F.W.Y.O.U". by Jaki Byard (4.04). Comment by Charles Mingus and "Sophisticated lady" (6.34). Mingus introduces the group and there is some stage talk till they start after 2:38 with "Don't stay overthere too long Eric" ("So long Eric")(21:52) After they played, Mingus talks about Eric is leaving the band because America is so beautiful and free. The next piece "Fables of Faubus" is introduced by Mingus and he advised the audience "not to buy the version on Columbia or Candid because those companies did not pay the royalties. So only buy Impulse or RCA" (1:08). Then "Fables of Faubus". Due to the use of one recorder, the technician had to change tapes and a small piece of "Faubus" is not recorded (31:13).Then intermission. After the intermission Mingus introduces "Meditation on a pair of wire cutters" and he talks about concentration-camps and about his Framus bass, made in Germany, the country where a lot happened. After some conversation on stage a guy from the audience whistles and Eric Dolphy on flute replies.(3:40) Then "Meditations" (23:00). Mingus who was paid for the recording says that he will take care that these recording won't get out. (It was recorded for radiobroadcast) (very hypocritical).Then "Ow", introduced by Mingus (21:18). As last piece Mingus explains "Orange was the colour of her dress, then blue silk".(15:30).
After this concert, Michiel de Ruyter interviewed Mingus and Dolphy for the fortnightly radio show Jazz Magazine, from which was excerpted the quote at the end of the Last Date record about music being in the air.
Paul also provided photos from this date, taken by Henk Visser.


Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop
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University Aula, Oslo, Norway, 12 April 1964

Johnny Coles (tpt); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

Fables of Faubus [28:41](bcl), So Long Eric [21:28](as), Orange was the color of her dress then blue silk [14:28], Parkeriana [2:30](as), Take the A Train [12:37](bcl), Meditations [22:35](fl,bcl), Parkeriana [19:40](as)

So Long, Orange, Parkeriana (cut off by Mingus), and Take the A Train were recorded for a TV broadcast. I have the video now, great stuff (also featured in Last Date). This seems to be available commercially on Shanachie 6307 and Vidjazz 15. Stan Jones also notes it is available on JazzUp CD JU-307, "Charles Mingus Live in Oslo 1964 Featuring Eric Dolphy". Landscape LS2-913 has Fables and Orange, and LS2-919 has Meditations and the latter Parkeriana.


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Rehearsal, Stockholm, Sweden, 13 April 1964

Johnny Coles (tpt); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

So Long Eric [3:00, 8:00](as), Meditations [:37, 18:39](fl,bcl)

Royal Jazz RJD-518, with 2 takes of each composition. The first Meditations is a false start. Before beginning again, Mingus rosins up his bow and asks Eric about how long he plans to stay in Europe in a memorable conversation.

I have digitized some clips from this video, as listed here.


Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop
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Koncerthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, 13 April 1964

Johnny Coles (tpt); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

Fables of Faubus [19:40], Peggy's Blue Skylight [10:55](as), Orange was the color of her dress then blue silk [13:10](bcl), When Irish Eyes are Smiling in Mississippi U.S.A. [12:04](bcl)

S&T list this radio broadcast/private recording. Simosko has now deleted So Long Eric, adding it below in Copenhagen. Stan Jones says Bandstand CD 1524, "Meditations on Integration", from this date has Peggy's, Fables, Orange, and the Meditations below. RJD-518 has everything.


Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop
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Old Fellow Palaet, Store Sal, Copenhagen, Denmark, 14 April 1964

Johnny Coles (tpt); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

Fables of Faubus [32:45](bcl), Meditations [21:30](fl,bcl), Orange was the color of her dress then blue silk [13:55](bcl), So Long Eric [16:47](as)

There may have been a Parkeriana as well on this radio broadcast. Released on Landscape LS2-905. Fables and Meditations are on "Astral Weeks", Moon 016-2 on CD, and Meditations is on Bandstand BDCD-1524.


Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop
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Bremen, Germany, 16 April 1964

Johnny Coles (tpt); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

Fables of Faubus [33:40](bcl), Meditations [25:00](bcl,fl), Hope So Eric [24:00], Parkeriana [21:45](as)

S&T list this radio broadcast. Released as Ingo 10 (So Long Eric), Ingo 13 (Fables) and Ingo 15 (Parkeriana and Meditations). Meditations is on "First Recordings by this group", Unique Jazz UJ23, with Byard's ATFWUSA and Sophisticated Lady (these are without Eric).

Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop
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Salle Wagram, Paris, France, 17/18 April 1964 (midnight)

Johnny Coles (tpt, on So Long Eric only); Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

Fables of Faubus [23:08] (bcl), Meditations [20:31] (fl,bcl), Orange was the color of her dress then blue silk [10:51] (bcl), Parkeriana [21:50](as), So Long Eric [23:30](as), Peggy's Blue Skylight [11:38] (as)

Prestige 34001 (3 records), "The Great Concert of Charles Mingus" and America 30AM003 have So Long Eric, though these were mislabeled as Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. The CD from which the samples here were taken, Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (FCD 102) puts the date as 18 April, but it is this concert. FCD 110 has So Long Eric and Parkeriana, FCD 102 has the rest (except for the Sophisticated Lady without Eric that's only on the LP FC-102). Jazz Collection ORO103, "Fables of Faubus", a CD, has Fables, Peggy's and Parkeriana. Apparently Jazz Roots CD 56047, "Parkeriana", has Parkeriana, Meditations, and Orange. Peggy's, Orange, Meditations, Fables, So Long, and Parkeriana were released by Sue Mingus on 32 Records (actually 2CDs) as Revenge! 32002 in May 1996.
Coles developed a gastric ulcer and didn't make it through So Long, but the performance doesn't seem to be interrupted by his illness (perhaps he remained on stage until the end, but couldn't play after he's last heard riffing behind Jordan's solo).

Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop
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Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France, 18/19 April 1964 (midnight)

Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

Fables of Faubus [28:40](bcl), Meditations [27:30](fl,bcl), Orange was the color of her dress then blue silk [14:00](bcl), Parkeriana [23:00](as), I Can't Get Started [7:47](fl)

See above, America 30AM0083 and Prestige PR34001 and a Musidisc 2-CD release, 500072. S&T lisedt I Can't Get Started as on a radio broadcas, and we now have it thanks to Radio France broadcasting it on 5 November 2016t. It is not clear whether there was a separate So Long Eric from this concert, which apparently took place entirely after midnight, that is on the morning of the 19th. There was also a Sophisticated Lady without Eric. Also on (F)68.529/30/31, (I)HBT6135, (J)SL-5027/8/9MU, (J)YB7501/2/3MU.


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Palais de Congres, Liege, Belgium, 19 April 1964

Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

Meditations [24:27](fl,bcl), So Long Eric [5:45](as), Peggy's Blue Skylight [6:49](as)

S&T list this as a television broadcast. Peggy's is taken at the slow tempo heard on Gunther Schuller's recreation of Epitaph. The video of this is superb. Huge thanks to Ed Beuker for unearthing it.


Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop

Marseille, France, 20 April 1964

Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

Meditations (fl,bcl), Parkeriana (as), So Long Eric (as)

S&T list this television broadcast. One of these last two is in circulation on video according to Simosko. Ed Beuker informs me that it is Liege.

(not in my collection)


Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop

Lyon, France, 21 April 1964

Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

Arjan Koning lists this based on the liner notes of his Stockholm CD.
(not in my collection)


Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop

Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, 23 April 1964

Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

Reichardt and Priestley note this concert, where Mingus destroyed the tapes and recorder.
(not in my collection)


Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop

Bologna, Italy, 24 April 1964

Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

S&T list this radio broadcast, with unknown titles.
(not in my collection)


Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop
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Wuppertal, Germany, 26 April 1964

Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

Fables of Faubus [35:06](bcl), Starting [7:23](fl), Orange was the colour of her dress then blue silk [17:00](bcl), Charlemagne [11:32](as), So Long Eric [22:51](as), Meditations [22:34](bcl,fl)

"Mingus in Europe Vols. I and II", Enja 3049 (Fables and Starting) and 3077 (Orange, Peggy's, AT-FW-YOU and Sophisticated Lady). Charlemagne is Peggy's Blue Skylight. Somebody claims Clifford actually called it Charlie Ming rather than Charlemagne, but that doesn't make sense to me, since Mingus did not like 'Charlie' and would presumably have appreciated the humorous inflation of 'Charlemagne'. That's what his announcement sounds like, as well, though his articulation is not the king's english. Starting is I Can't Get Started. On CD, Enja R2-79612 has So Long Eric and the material on Vol II of the LPs. CD3049-45 and CD3077-38 are identical to the LPs except for a Meditations on CD3049-45 as well. This Fables is tremendous, with fairly inaudible vocals but a great Jordan solo right into the mike, and ripping bass clarinet work at the end for the last 10 minutes, including an extensive bass-bass clarinet conversation that Eric fashions into his own statement. There were also performances of ATFWYOUUSA and Sophisticated Lady without Eric.
Other releases include Phonogram/Enja (J)28MJ3002, Amigo (S)AMLP-833 which are equivalent to 3049, and Phonogram/Enja (J)28MJ3068 which is 3077. Orange is also on Jazz Masterworks (I)CJZLP10, "Charles Mingus - Mingus & Duke". Some Enjas apparently mistitle So Long Eric as Goodbye Pork Pie Hat!


Charles Mingus
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Mozartsaal, Stuttgart, Germany, 28 April 1964

Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Clifford Jordan (ts); Jaki Byard (pno); Charles Mingus (bass,comp,arr); Dannie Richmond (dr).

So Long Eric [29:16](as), Orange was the color of her hair [16:00](bcl), These Foolish Things [3:00](fl), Peggy's Blue Skylight [19:04](as), Meditations [28:12](fl,bcl), Fables of Faubus [40:07](bcl)

"Mingus in Stuttgart", Unique Jazz UJ 007-8 (2 records). This version of Peggy's is my favorite, Clifford really cooks. Overall I'd say this is my favorite record of this band. The 40 minute extraordinary and masterful Fables is on UJ-009. Simosko also notes the LP releases are edited, and gives the timings from the original tapes. There was also a Sophisticated Lady and ATFWYOUUSA without Eric.

I put a bunch of things behind the masterful Fables.

Arjan Koning notes that Priestley lists several other concerts. They are Zurich, Frankfurt, and Hamburg. No recordings are mentioned however.


Kenny Drew Trio with Eric Dolphy
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RTF, Paris, France, 28 May 1964

Eric Dolphy (as); Kenny Drew (pno); Guy Pedersen (bass); Daniel Humair (dr).

Les [5:03], Serene [4:09]

S&T list this as a radio broadcast, attributing Laurent Goddet. Now available on Humair's "Surrounded 1964-1987", Flat & Sharp PAM 970 and Blue Flame 40322.


Eric Dolphy Quartet
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New Sound Club, Poort van Kleef, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 1 June 1964

Eric Dolphy (bcl); Misha Mengelberg (pno); Jacques Schols (bass); Han Bennink (dr).

Epistrophy [17:52]

Simosko lists this on ICP015. Ed Beuker reported, and confirmed with Han Bennink, that this was Poort van Kleef in Eindhoven on the 1st, which his friend attempted to tape.
Paul Karting, who produced this tour of Holland, provided details that I have put here. I am using his information above now.


Eric Dolphy with the Misja Mengelberg Trio
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V.A.R.A. studio 5, Hilversum, Netherlands, 2 June 1964

Eric Dolphy (as,fl,bcl); Misha Mengelberg (pno); Jacques Schols (bass); Han Bennink (dr).

Epistrophy [11:15](bcl), Hypochristmutreefuzz [5:25](bcl), You Don't Know What Love Is [11:20](fl), South Street Exit [7:10](fl), The Madrig Speaks the Panther Walks [4:50](as), Miss Ann [5:25](as)

This is sort of a studio recording made for radio broadcast, issued as "Last Date" on Limelight LS82013/86013, and Fontana 822226-2 (CD), as well as EmArcy 510 124. Madrig is Mandrake. See Paul Karting's comments on this recording and the rest of the tour. You Don't Know has Eric's most gorgeous flute playing in my mind. Here are samples from the opening, the end of the main solo, and the closing. There were two false starts. The famous quote about music being in the air is on this record, but originated in an interview from 10 April. Also on Fontana (E)TL5248, (C)681.008ZL/881.008Zy, Trip TLP5506, Amiga (DDR)855.494, (NL)6433550, (NL)825.608QY, (J)SFX-10572, (J)BT5311, (J)195J-20, EXPR-1017.


Eric Dolphy/Donald Byrd
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Unknown radio studio, Paris, 11 June 1964

Eric Dolphy (as,bcl); Donald Byrd (tr); Nathan Davis (ts); Jack Diéval (pno); Jacques Hess (bass); Franco Manzecchi (dr); Jacky Bambou (congas).

Springtime [19:20](bcl), 245 [10:05](as), GW [6:10](as), Serene [7:58](bcl), Ode to Charlie Parker [5:39](fl), Naima [14:31](bcl)

"Unrealized Tapes", West Wind 016, CD 2016, and "Naima", a West Wind CD 2063. These recordings were only recently released for the first time, although some of this is on Jazzway Mutt 1502. Springtime is a brooding autumnal composition with lots of space for emotion.

There are apparently many hours of recordings with these people from Paris, according to Nathan Davis. Reichardt (p. 66) notes: "Graham Lock in an article on Nathan Davis (The Wire, No. 22, December 1985): 'These tapes still exist and are in the possession of Jacques Diéval, the French pianist who produced these sessions. Nathan told me that Donald Byrd had persuaded firstly Blue Note, then Columbia, to try and obtain the tapes, but on each occasion Diéval had apparently refused to release the Dolphy tapes unless the record company agreed to issue several of his own tapes too. What a stinker!'" This may, however, refer to recordings by Davis and others without Dolphy.



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