Eric Dolphy Profiled

Source: Varsity.

All jazz musicians have their own style, but some, surely, have more unique styles than others. Eric Dolphy’s sound continues to fascinate me because it was not just different, but radical in its refusal to bow to convention. Like pianist Thelonious Monk, he was an inspirational artist in the sense that he did not compromise this style for critical approval. His abrasive, unpredictable solos are exhilarating and endlessly inventive, but they did not please everyone.