Album: Chris Biscoe Quartet, Gone in the Air (Trio)

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Eric Dolphy, who died 44 years ago today, and whose 80th anniversary fell last week, was a Los Angeles born reeds player with a radical, oddly interior style and an interest in the outer extremities of sound.

This tribute album led by the reliably excellent Biscoe on alto sax, clarinet and flute evokes a characteristic Dolphy world both by covering some of his most well-known tunes, and through the quartet’s onthe- edge-of-free but still boppy ensemble vibe.

Tony Kofi adds a bluesy second alto, and the rhythm section of Larry Bartley on bass and Stu Butterfield on drums swings freely.