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Out to Lunch! was the final album by cult avant-garde Jazz musician Eric Dolphy before his untimely death in 1964.


Side One

  1. "Hat and Beard" (8:24)
  2. "Something Sweet, Something Tender" (6:02)
  3. "Gazzelloni" (7:22)

Side Two

  1. "Out to Lunch" (12:06)
  2. "Straight Up and Down" (8:19)

The CD release adds an alternative take of "Hat And Beard" and "Something Sweet, Something Tender".


  1. Eric Dolphy: bass clarinet, flute, alto saxophone
  2. Freddie Hubbard: trumpet
  3. Bobby Hutcherson: vibraphone
  4. Richard Davis: bass
  5. Tony Williams: drums

Not be confused with the 1993 video game.


Sweet and Tender Tropes:

  • Covers Always Lie: The bizarre clock doesn't provide any helpful answer when the person will be back from lunch? It's not even clear whether it's actually in the middle of the afternoon.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The album cover.
  • Epic Rocking: Every single song.
  • Excited Show Title!: Out to Lunch!
  • Iconic Outfit: "Hat and Beard", which were Thelonious Monk's visual trademarks.
  • Let's Duet: "Something Sweet, Something Tender" is a duet between Richard Davis on bass and Dolphy on bass clarinet.
  • Lighter and Softer: "Something Sweet, Something Tender"
  • Mundane Made Awesome: For such a casual album title it's surely an impressive and exciting piece of art.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: "Hat and Beard" was inspired by bearded hat wearer Thelonious Monk and "Gazzelloni" by flautist Severino Gazzelloni.
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  • Shout-Out: Frank Zappa's "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" from Weasels Ripped My Flesh is a Homage to Dolphy, who was also listed in Zappa's influences list in the sleeve notes of his album Freak Out (1966). Zappa also namedrops Out to Lunch in the lyrics of "Oh No" on Weasels Ripped My Flesh.
    I think you're probably out to lunch.
  • Title Track: "Out to Lunch".


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