Joan Baez recorded this Vanguard debut in 1960 at age 19. With her impossibly high and pure quavering voice and matching pristine finger picking guitar, she and this album created a sensation that helped shift the “folk-revival” back to authenticity from the commerciality into which it had drifted. Though while she sounded like a barefoot waif recently arrived from the Appalachian mountains, she was born on Staten Island. Her Mexico-born father who grew up in Brooklyn, the son of a minister, was a Stanford PhD credited with co-inventing the X-ray microscope.
Billed as “The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions”, Resonance Records’ Black Friday offering Eric Dolphy Musical Prophet is anything but one of those RSD repackaged assemblages of cast off secondary material meant for fanatical completists. The phrase “connective tissue” kept running through my head as I listened to the 3 LPs and read “mouth agape” the vital annotation that threaded together the confused recorded history.
Eric Dolphy Musical Prophet
Resonance Records HLP-9035 2 180g LPs
Zev Feldman and James Newton
N/A (Bill Schwartau?)
Sound Restoration: George Klabin and Fran Gala (lacquers cut by Bernie Grundman)
To help pay for her self-funded debut EP Sophia Pfister worked in a mortuary. Now, two years later, she’s released her first LP—also self-funded. Since that first effort she’s expanded her web presence on her own website as well as on most social media platforms and streaming services. Most importantly, she’s steadily gigged, performing live around the Los Angeles area.
No Label Credit and No Catalog Number (!!!!)
Tom Weir, Andrew Schwartz, John Shanks
Tom Weir, Andrew Schwartz, Paul Lamalfa
Andrew Schwartz, Paul Lamalfa
Tom Weir (lacquers cut by Dave Polster