Here’s a quote from Eric Dolphy, the great jazz multi-instrumentalist- “When you hear music, after it’s over, it’s gone, in the air, you can never capture it again. “ Maybe Dolphy was “Out To Lunch” when he said that, but his words are worth reconsidering.
In the past before inventions like the phonograph, tape recorders, or compact discs, once the music was over, it was gone. But for jazz lovers, Jelly Roll Morton changed all that by being the first jazz musician to put its iconic musical notation down on paper. That allowed those who could read music to play songs exactly as written. So in a sense you could “capture it again.” And we’re glad you can.
I might have been a bit rough on Dolphy when I said that maybe he was “Out To Lunch,” but it could be true. After all, that was the name of his famous Blue Note album that was recorded on this date in 1964. The record featured Dolphy on bass clarinet, flute and alto saxophone, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone, Richard Davis on bass and Tony Williams on drums, and it’s considered to be one of the high points in the 1960’s featuring avant garde music. The album had two versions of “Something Sweet, Something Tender,” so if you missed it the first time, you could hear the alternative take, again allowing you to “capture it again.”
And think about it; if you were “Out To Lunch” and unable to hear a live performance of it, all you have to do is to get a vinyl recorded, tape recorded, or compact disc version of the song, and enjoy it as many times as you’d like. Because “Out To Lunch” allows us to hear and replay one of the last recordings by this virtuoso musician, we will make it “The Jazz Album of the Day.”