Introducing Eric Dolphy—The Jazz Review, June 1960

This week I’m posting interviews from the music journal The Jazz Review, which has been wonderfully preserved at the great website jazzstudiesonline.org. Founded by Nat Hentoff, Martin Williams, and Hsio Wen Shih in New York in 1958, The Jazz Review was the premier journal of jazz in the United States. Short-lived as it was (1958-1961), it set an enduring standard for criticism. All the interview links point to the full .pdf for that issue, so it might take a second to load. Worth the wait!

Eric Dolphy was an important force in Jazz during the late 50s and early 60s; this 1960 interview with Martin Williams finds the versatile reed-man during a show with Charles Mingus. Here Dolphy talk about comparisons to Ornette Coleman:

Comparisons between Dolphy’s work and Ornette Coleman’s are probably inevitable and will just as probably plague both of them from now on. “Ornette was playing that way in 1954. I heard about him, and when I heard him play, he asked me if I liked his pieces and I said I thought they sounded good. When he said that if someone played a chord, he heard another chord on that one, I knew what he was talking about because I had been thinking of the same things.”

Click here to read Introducing Eric Dolphy—The Jazz Review, June 1960