Monthly Archives: June 2015

Scoochie

I know this tune from a CD entitled Sounds of the Inner City and attributed to Booker Little and Booker Ervin, but the album seems to have been rereleased under different names and with different leaders.  As near as I can discover, the source material was recorded live at a Teddy Charles sextet gig in 1960.  Everyone involved gives strong performances, but Booker Ervin has so much power, his big bluesy sound is the standout for me.

Scoochie

Scoochie

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The Prophet

Happy birthday to the late, great Eric Dolphy, who would have turned 87 this year had he not slipped into a diabetic coma while touring Europe with Charles Mingus in 1964.  Given the long-lived fecundity of other “avant-garde” sax legends like Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman and Sam Rivers, I can’t help but lament all the virtuosic music Eric never got to make.  Here’s a song of his from the first Dolphy record I ever bought, At the Five Spot.

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