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Album Review

Having paid homage to Alec Wilder in 1996, guitarist Vic Juris sets his sights on a very different musical icon, Eric Dolphy. Like Dave Douglas has done with Booker Little, Wayne Shorter, and Mary Lou Williams, Juris not only plays Dolphy's music, but presents a batch of original pieces "inspired by" him. He begins and ends with two of Dolphy's exceedingly complex free bop lines, "Miss Ann" and "Out There," giving himself quite a workout. He also includes "Something Sweet, Something Tender," a haunting piece from Out to Lunch, and "South Street Exit," a blues that finds saxophonist Dick Oatts switching from alto to flute, as Dolphy often did himself. Standouts among the originals include the swinging, multi-meter "He Me" and the lyrical "Tone Rose" (a pun on "tone rows"). Oatts contributes "Emphasizing Eric," a slow grooving piece with a difficult melody that has Juris sounding quite a bit like John Scofield. Bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield have a way of making this arduous music sound easy and fun. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Born: 1953 in Parsippany, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Guitarist Vic Juris is best-known for his association with Richie Cole. He made his recording debut with Eric Kloss (1975), gigged with Barry Miles' fusion group, and started his off-and-on association with Cole in 1976, appearing on some of the altoist's finest recordings. In addition to recording with Don Patterson, Mel Tormé, and Bireli Lagrene, Juris (a fine hard bop-oriented improviser) has played duets with Larry...
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