Eric Dolphy - Iron Man

Eric Dolphy
Iron Man
Label: Fresh Sound Records ‎– FSR 1628
Type: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: Spain
Date of released: 2004
Category: Jazz
Style: Free Jazz, Post Bop, Avantgarde

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Iron Man
Composed By – E. Dolphy*
2 Mandrake
Composed By – E. Dolphy*
3 Come Sunday
Composed By – D. Ellington*
4 Burning Spear
Composed By – E. Dolphy*
5 Ode To C.P.
Composed By – J. Byard*


  • Alto Saxophone – Huey Simmons*
  • Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute – Eric Dolphy
  • Bass – Eddie Kahn* (tracks: 1), Richard Davis
  • Drums – J.C. Moses
  • Flute – Prince Lasha
  • Producer – Alan Douglas
  • Soprano Saxophone – Clifford Jordan
  • Trumpet – Woody Shaw, Jr.*
  • Vibraphone – Robert Hutcherson*


Recorded in NYC; July 1 (2, 3, 5) & 3 (1, 4), 1963.
Originally issued DOUGLAS SD 785.

Remaster liner notes:

"This is one of two CDs that document the most innovative studio sessions in Eric Dolphy's musical career. Both appear for the first time with their original LP cover artwork and digitally remastered from the original stereo tapes produced by Alan Douglas in the summer of 1963."

Original liner notes:

"This record was produced during the early part of 1964, when Eric Dolphy and producer Alan Douglas decided to experiment with Eric's original compositions.

Two approaches were agreed upon. One was of clear simplicity; Eric on reed instruments and Richard Davis on bass. The other was more involved - a ten piece orchestra of young men who understood and admired Eric's work."

The recording sessions took place late at night in a very relaxed studio for five successive nights. In this environment the playing of Eric Dolphy, Richard Davis and the other musicians was unbelievably inspired. So much was created, individual compositions went from "almost commercial" to "very far out."

Two albums were produced from that beautiful week. The first, called 'Conversations,' was released through FM Records (now available through the Roulette Record catalogue). On this, the second, is incorporated performances that were considered too futuristic to put out at that time.

Eric died in 1964, and he would have been happy to know this L.P. has been released. Douglas International thanks Mrs. Sadie Dolphy, Eric's mother, and John Carter for their help in recreating one of the most imaginative experiences in Eric Dolphy's musical career."

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8427328616287

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
SD 785 Eric Dolphy Iron Man ‎(LP, Album) Douglas SD 785 US 1968
SD 785 Eric Dolphy Iron Man ‎(LP, Album) Douglas SD 785 US 1968
EPIA 53028 Eric Dolphy Iron Man ‎(LP, Album, RE) Epic, Douglas EPIA 53028 Japan Unknown
ECPM-91 Eric Dolphy Iron Man ‎(LP, Album, RE) Epic ECPM-91 Japan 1973
GET2009 Eric Dolphy Iron Man ‎(LP, Album, RE) Get Back GET2009 Italy 2002