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Composition 2022​.​02 (In Memoriam Eric Dolphy)

by Bernhard Living

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Composition 2022.02 (In Memoriam Eric Dolphy) is in three layers: a pulsing tone at C3 - a number of fading tones in different timbres pitched at C2 - C#2 - C3 - and C4 - and a continuous tone at C1.

Eric Dolphy (1928 – i964) was an American jazz composer - alto saxophonist - bass clarinetist - and flautist. His use of the bass clarinet helped to establish the instrument within jazz. Dolphy extended the vocabulary and boundaries of the alto saxophone - and was among the earliest significant jazz flute soloists.

His improvisational style was characterised by the use of wide intervals - in addition to employing an array of extended techniques to create a wide range of non-musical sounds. He used melodic lines that were "angular, zigzagging from interval to interval, taking hairpin turns at unexpected junctures, making dramatic leaps from the lower to the upper register.” Although Dolphy's work is sometimes classified as free jazz - his compositions and solos were often rooted in conventional - if highly abstracted - tonal bebop harmony.


released January 26, 2022


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