Title Date Place Personnel Tunes Releases Notes
Eric Dolphy Quartet 10 March 1963 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign IL Eric Dolphy (as,bcl,fl); Herbie Hancock (pno); Eddie Khan (bass); J.C. Moses (dr), Univ. of Illinois Big Band: John Garvey (director); Kim Richmond, Nick Henson, Ron Scalise, Vince Johnson, Bob Huffington (sax); George Marsh, Bill Parsons (dr); Ralph Woodward, Carol Holden (horns); Glen Danielson (oboe); Dick Montz, Bruce Scafe, Joe Kennon, Cecil Bridgewater, Roman Popowycz, Larry Franklin (tpt); Fred Atwood, Ed Marzuki (bass); Ben Williams (fl); Tom Jewett (cl); Dave Sporny, Jon English, Paul Barthelemy, Bob Edmondson (trb); Aaron Johnson (tuba); Terry Brennan, Marilyn Kemp (pno) 434. Softly as in a Morning Sunrise (bcl) 19:45
435. Something Sweet Something Tender (bcl) 1:20
436. God Bless the Child (bcl) 9:00
437. South Street Exit (fl) 7:00
438. Iron Man (as) 10:15
439. Red Planet (as) 12:00
440. GW (as) 7:30

This was originally from Reichardt (in the back). In 1996, Brian Sanders contacted me out of the blue to say that he was sending a tape that I'd like. I did, and arranged with the Dolphy estate to have it issued.

The university band is on Red Planet (actually a brass ensemble) and GW. Cecil Bridgewater says he played french horn on Red Planet. We attempted to resolve the authorship of Red Planet (aka Miles' Mode). Michael Cuscuna suggested that it might be a Coltrane line arranged by Dolphy for brass ensemble, perhaps for the Africa Brass session. Graham Connah and Cecil Bridgewater pointed out that Red Planet consists of a twelve-tone row played forward and backward. See Simosko's note about this composition. I also made a page with further discussion and samples.

Something Sweet has no improvisation, just a lovely statement of the tune. Eric goes directly into a great version of God Bless the Child. The large ensemble is not at all featured, but plays a good bit on GW. Hancock and Kahn have some great moments, and Dolphy is in top form.

Here is a scan of the program: front and back. Note that Richard Davis was expected, but had other engagements in New York City and didn't travel much in those days. A review was published in the school paper a couple days later. All of the students and faculty I talked with about this raved about John Garvey, who was almost entirely responsible for this concert. Unfortunately, Maestro Garvey got screwed by Michael Cuscuna, who didn't come through with the honorarium he had promised, until Garvey was on his deathbed. Here are a couple postcards John sent me in 1999 and 2000.