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on March 6, 2000
ezra pound said that in art there's always a fixed element and that expression comes by deviation from it. there's something to this: no one would sit listening to a metronome for an hour (no deviation), but a drummer who cuts the pulse keeps our interest. likewise no one would sit listening to white noise for an hour (nothing fixed). now i'll be honest: i don't hear much in the way of expression on 'out to lunch' because i don't hear much in the way of structure. if you love dolphy's work with coltrane, the five spot stuff, 'far cry' and 'illinois concert' (like i do), you might really get excited (like i did) by all the talk about "dolphy's masterpiece", his "most advanced" effort and all that. well be warned: it's straight up free jazz, though "free" in this case (like in others) mostly means totally unhinged.
of course alot of people consider this disc a high-water mark of free jazz - i have no way of saying it is or isn't, just that i for one listened close and never got much.