"Don’t you see, Tempest?", I said. "There is a greater purpose. Something beyond your simple complaint. While we stand here arguing the firmament quakes. Your refusal to accept judgement could disrupt eternity."
"Maybe that’s why I’m here," Tempest replied. "Maybe I’m supposed to question what come before."
"You are nothing," I said
"So then who are you here talkin’ to—-the wind?"
For a long time after that we didn’t speak. I threw in my line as well as he but I caught no fish. Tempest’s bucket was filled with the flipping fins of his catch.
If I had the time I would start an entire blog dedicated to his work and life. He was that important. Further, I love his music that much. Dolphy was a master of the clarinet, alto saxophone and bass clarinet. I’ve seen some good bios about him. AllAboutJazz.com has one of the better ones. Although, I think all you need to know is this…
"Charles Mingus considered Dolphy to be his most talented interpreter and John Coltrane thought him his only musical equal" -All About Jazz on Eric Dolphy
Yeah, that about says it all.
Back in March, I did a Eric Dolphy/Archie Shepp compilation. I think it deserves a reblog here on these pages.