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Eric Dolphy - At the Five Spot Vol. 1 - Prestige/WaxTime



At the Five Spot volumes one and two is a pair of jazz albums documenting one night (16 July 1961) from the end of Eric Dolphy and Booker Little's two-week residency at the Five Spot in New York. This was the only night to be recorded; the engineer was Rudy Van Gelder.

A third volume from this session was released, titled Memorial Album, containing "Number Eight (Potsa Lotsa)" and "Booker's Waltz". These two tracks were later released on the Rudy Van Gelder remaster of Volume 2. Two other tracks, Mal Waldron's "Status Seeking" and Dolphy's solo rendition of Billie Holiday's "God Bless The Child", were released on the Dolphy compilation Here and There. Dolphy and Little were backed by a rhythm section consisting of pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Ed Blackwell.

Dolphy's composition "The Prophet" is a tribute to the artist Richard Jennings, who had designed the covers of Dolphy's earlier albums, Outward Bound and Out There.

Volume one "Fire Waltz" (Waldron) 13:44 "Bee Vamp" (Little) 12:30 "The Prophet" (Dolphy) 21:22 "Bee Vamp" (Alternate Take) 9:27

Eric Dolphy alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute Booker Little trumpet Mal Waldron piano Richard Davis double bass Ed Blackwell drums

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