There can be no argument that Eric Dolphy, born in 1928, who died of complications linked to diabetes in 1964, was a good human being. In fact, Charlie Mingus called him a “saint”. Dolphy's reputation, however, has somehow not been given quite the type of posthumous recognitions one would expect. Part of the problem had to do with the comparisons that were about his work, with Ornette Coleman's and John Coltrane's. Ornette Coleman “taught me a direction,” Eric said in 1960. For Eric, it was a matter of “getting the horn to . . . speak,” as he once put it.
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