June 28, 2015 – 5:15 am

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Paris 1964 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Le Chat Qui Pêche, Paris, France; June 11, 1964. Very good FM.

In 2010, we shared a version of this show (click here) featuring four tracks. Here is the complete (expanded to six tracks) and remastered version. Eric Dolphy was only 36 when he passed away in 1964 from insulin shock.

Thanks to Halowdance and woessner for sharing the tracks; and to Nobody for the remaster. Thanks to everyone for sharing at Dime.

Remaster notes:

It would have been Maestro Eric’s 87th birthday today (June 20, 2015), so I pulled this out, dusted it off, and sprinkled a bit of sonic pixie dustings around to get it really humming. I felt it sounded a little flat at the high end, so I improved this with the Sound Forge 9 Graphic Dynamics tool, as well as removing most of the vinyl transcription crackle from the solo passages in Tracks 05 and 06, sourced as they were from another tape in the original seed. I also tagged the files, corrected typos, and created new FLAC fingerprints… Of course, a hearty thanks to the original seeders Halowdance and woessner, without whose effort this remaster would not be possible.

There are no words to describe how awesome this set is - it’s the real LAST DATE, recorded nine days after that LP’s concert, and the last known recording of Eric in action - and how much Eric Dolphy means to me, Jazz, and music in general. Pull this down and bask in the glow of absolutely unparalleled and elegant artistry at its finest, and remember to remember this incredible man, born this day in 1928.

Click here for a write-up by Nobody.

Click here for more info.

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probably master FM reels > FLACs from Halowdance’s 2011 seed > Sound Forge 9 > remasterizzationals

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Springtime 19:10 (32.2MB)
Track 02. 245 11:09 (18.7MB)
Track 03. GW 5:59 (10.1MB)
Track 04. Serene 7:41 (12.9MB)
Track 05. Ode to Charlie Parker 5:29 (9.2MB)
Track 06. Naima 15:12 (25.6MB)
65 mins

Eric Dolphy - alto saxophone (Tracks 02 & 03), bass clarinet (Tracks 01, 04 & 06), flute (Track 05)
Donald Byrd - trumpet
Nathan Davis - tenor saxophone
Jack Diéval - piano
Jacques Hess - bass
Franco Manzecchi - drums
Jacky Bambou - congas (Tracks 02, 03 & 06)

From 1960 to 1961, Eric Dolphy recorded both as leader and sideman for Prestige Rocords. Here are all those tracks on this nine-CD boxset, The Complete Prestige Recordings of Eric Dolphy. Click here to order the boxset.

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  2. Thanks, my jazz education (or lack thereof) needs some good guidance. Looking forward to hearing.

    By Happy Camper on Jun 28, 2015

  3. Absolutely outstanding post. Thanks for all the efforts of everyone involved for bringing this to light again. Especially BigO!

    By Dirk Bill on Jun 28, 2015

  4. Thanks for this post and continuing to post somewhat more obscure performers, both jazz and rock. I’ve never heard live recordings with Dolphy as a leader. On first listening I am particularly impressed with Dolphy’s flute playing on track five. Despite some flaws, this recording is very listenable and worthy of being called “very good”.

    By zaarlocust on Jun 28, 2015

  5. This is a fantastic recording and a great opportunity to hear him stretch out live on his own tunes (and Naima!)It only emphasizes how tragic (and senseless) his death was less than three weeks after this date. This is definitely the best sounding version of this I’ve ever heard (and I’ve heard a few). Thanks.

    By treborij on Jun 29, 2015

  6. Thank you for posting this historic recording–and not just expanded but also remastered! Well done, as always.

    By Formosa Coweater on Jun 29, 2015

  7. A wonderful addition!!! I’ve got this on a double cd… http://www.discogs.com/Eric-Dolphy-The-Complete-Last-Recordings-In-Hilversum-Paris-1964/release/4222791

    SPECIAL NOTE: On the Hilversum, Holland portion of the cd, at the end of Miss Ann, Dolphy speaks, very briefly, a real treat! The Hilversum date was originally released as Last Date.

    Thank you.

    By Chris Wolter on Jun 29, 2015

  8. Lovely !!

    By jack bond on Jun 29, 2015

  9. zaarlocust: let me know if you want some suggestions for recordings with dolphy as leader!

    By Chris Wolter on Jun 30, 2015

  10. lookin forward to this one

    By Matchesmon on Jul 1, 2015

  11. Hello, Chris Wolter, sure. I am open to your suggestions. Thank you.

    By zaarlocust on Jul 1, 2015

  12. zaarlocust….seek out: ED at the Five Spot, Berlin Concerts, Uppsala Concert, Stockholm Sessions, In Europe vol. 1 & 2, Last Date. These are all live ED leader dates. Also, if you like Trane’s My Favorite Things, there are several versions with ED on them, though not as leader. I’d be happy to share any of these via Dropbox.

    By Chris Wolter on Jul 3, 2015

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