At the Five Spot

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At the Five Spot
At the Five Spot vol 1.jpg
Live album by Eric Dolphy
Released 1961
Recorded 16 July 1961
Genre Avant-garde jazz
Label New Jazz / OJC
Producer Esmond Edwards
Eric Dolphy chronology
The Quest
At the Five Spot
Memorial Album
Volume Two cover
At the Five Spot vol 2.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]
Down Beat3.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[4]

At the Five Spot volumes one and two is a pair of jazz albums documenting one night (16 July 1961) from the end of Eric Dolphy and Booker Little's two-week residency at the Five Spot in New York. This was the only night to be recorded; the engineer was Rudy Van Gelder.

A third volume from this session was released, titled Memorial Album, containing "Number Eight (Potsa Lotsa)" and "Booker's Waltz". These two tracks were later released on the Rudy Van Gelder remaster of Volume 2.

cover for Memorial Album

All three volumes were reissued, without alternate takes, as at triple LP under the title The Great Concert of Eric Dolphy. Two other tracks, Mal Waldron's "Status Seeking" and Dolphy's solo rendition of Billie Holiday's "God Bless The Child", were released on the Dolphy compilation Here and There. Dolphy and Little were backed by a rhythm section consisting of pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Ed Blackwell.

Dolphy's composition "The Prophet" is a tribute to the artist Richard Jennings, who had designed the covers of Dolphy's earlier albums, Outward Bound and Out There.


  1. "Status Seeking"
  2. "God Bless the Child"
  3. "Aggression"
  4. "Like Someone in Love"
  5. "Fire Waltz"
  6. "Bee Vamp" (two takes)
  7. "The Prophet"
  8. "Number Eight (Potsa Lotsa)"
  9. "Booker's Waltz"[5]

Track listing[edit]

Volume one[edit]

  1. "Fire Waltz" (Waldron) – 13:44
  2. "Bee Vamp" (Little) – 12:30
  3. "The Prophet" (Dolphy) – 21:22
  4. "Bee Vamp" (Alternate Take) – 9:27
(Track 4 not on original LP.)

Volume two[edit]

  1. "Aggression" (Little) – 17:21
  2. "Like Someone in Love" (Jimmy Van Heusen) – 19:58
  3. "Number Eight (Potsa Lotsa)" (Dolphy) – 15:33
  4. "Booker's Waltz" (Little) – 14:39
(Tracks 3-4 not on original LP.)

Memorial Album[edit]

  1. "Number Eight (Potsa Lotsa)" (Dolphy) - 15:33
  2. "Booker's Waltz" (Little) - 14:39



  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton. The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 6th edition. ISBN 0-14-051521-6


  1. ^ Nastos, Michael G.. At the Five Spot at AllMusic volume 1
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. At the Five Spot at AllMusic volume 2
  3. ^ Down Beat: August 16, 1962 vol. 29, no. 22
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 62. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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