The source of Resonance’s Dolphy tapes


    Derek Ansell’s review of the Eric Dolphy set on Resonance states that Dolphy left his box of tapes from which this music was drawn with James Newton (Newton would have been 11 years old in 1964).

    Dolphy’s close friends Hale and Juanita Smith  were given the tapes to hold for Dolphy as he left for Europe with Mingus. James Newton was responsible for the Dolphy Blue Note release titled Other Aspects, which also came from the cache of tapes left with Hale and Juanita Smith. Newton had visited Hale’s house in 1979 and a Dolphy piece entitled “Jim Crow” was played for him.

    I’m looking forward to listening to the Resonance set. I’ve had the Douglas LPs for some time but it should be a rare moment to hear the previously unissued recordings.

    Doug Benson, USA