Chris Biscoe Quartet - Gone in The Air: The Music of Eric Dolphy (4 stars)

Chris Biscoe Quartet - Gone in The Air: The Music of Eric Dolphy

(Trio Records)

JAZZ

Eric Dolphy is a figure more often acknowledged than actually engaged with. As Brian Morton points out in his notes for this fine disc, the relative neglect of Dolphy’s compositions leaves them an open field for exploration - and Chris Biscoe is just the man to take on such a challenge. The saxophonist, clarinettist and flautist is a powerful and creative musician and is joined here by alto saxophonist Tony Kofi, bassist Larry Bartley and drummer Stu Butterfield.

Their approach is not simply to replicate the originals, but rather to find their own routes through a series of Dolphy compositions, including ‘Serene’, ‘Out To Lunch’, ‘Miss Ann’ and ‘Hat and Beard’, as well as Waller’s Jitterbug Waltz’, Oliver Nelson’s ‘Stolen Moments’ and a short alto flute improvisation by Biscoe that takes its name from the Dolphy quotation which also gives the disc its title. Refreshingly intelligent and thoroughly engaging contemporary jazz.

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