I know. I’m aware of the redundancy embedded within the last sentence. All 16-year-old boys are awkward and troubled. What I know is this: when he put his instrument to his lips he blew with a spirit that kept me alive, a spirit of hope and freedom.
“This human thing in instrumental playing has to do with trying to get as much human warmth and feeling into my work as I can. I want to say more on my horn than I ever could in ordinary speech.”
— Eric Dolphy: June 20, 1928 — June 29, 1964
Dolphy was born June 20, 1928 and died way too young. I think somebody somewhere on the internet should say something about that.
This clip my not be to your taste — but after all these years it sure still does it for me.