In the history of jazz, Eric Dolphy was the first innovator to develop a strikingly original yet different voice on three instruments: alto-sax, flute and bass clarinet. Recorded live in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 8, 1961, this LP finds the multi-instrumentalist/composer in excellent form joined by a supportive Danish rhythm section featuring pianist Bent Axen, bassist Erik Moseholm and drummer Jorn Elniff. American bassist Chuck Israels also appears. Dolphy plays solo bass clarinet on "God Bless the Child," generally considered his best recorded version of the composition. "Oleo" is more in the hard bop vein and Dolphy's bass clarinet really cooks. "Hi-Fly" is a 13-minute duet with Dolphy on flute and Israels on bass.
Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet & flute)
Chuck Israels / Erik Moseholm (bass)
Bent Axen (piano)
Jorn Elnff (drums)