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Beautiful heartfelt dissonance
dhip | Bay Area, CA USA | 03/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For me this is Dolphy's best album and one of the great albums ever. Somehow this never got the recognition that Out To Lunch and others have. It certainly should be reissued. The compositions are Dolphy's best on one single album (with Out to Lunch a close second).
I disagree with the comment that there is discordance. There is dissonance -- a beautiful and heartfelt kind of dissonance. The whole ensemble is great. (BTW, this must have been one of Woody Shaw's and Bobby Hutcherson's first recordings. Hutcherson in particular shines.) However Dolphy's solos, arrangements and compositions are the highpoints.
This album is so original and timeless even by Dolphy's standards. All tracks are moving, but "Burning Spear" is a masterpiece that gets to me everytime - it really evokes a primal state.
If you are a Dolphy fan, or want to hear music that is the opposite of generic, track this one down."
Dave Lang | Coburg, VIC Australia | 08/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whilst I'd undoubtedly stick Dolphy's "Out to Lunch" somewhere on a "Desert Island Discs" list, if need be, I don't think "Iron Man" would be too far behind. In fact, when push comes to shove, I think I'd have to rate this as possibly Dolphy's best ever album.
Produced by the estimable Alan Douglas (later producer/hanger-on for Hendrix, Miles, McLaughlin, Last Poets and more) in 1963, the line-up of musicians and hard-walloped SWING of this release makes it an essential listen. Sonically lying somewhere between the big band stylings of Mingus and the free-improv of Ornette or Coltrane, it's a perfect combination of density and freedom.
Highlights include the the title track, especially with Bobby Hutcherson's accompanying vibe action, and the avant-squonk of "Burning Spear", an 11+ minute journey that ranks as one of Dolphy's greatest compostions, his looming bass clarinet coming to the fore.
To state the bleeding obvious, had Dolphy lived longer than he had, we all would have been graced with so much more amazing music. Essential."
One of Dolphy's Best
Sea Otter | Millbrae, CA United States | 05/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I rank Iron Man among Dolphy's best discs and I have listened to quite a few of them. There is one problem with this disc and it has nothing to do with the music. The Fuel 2000 version of this great album all seem to have static noises on the last tune "Ode to P.C.". I thought I had just bought a defective CD so I returned it to exchange for another copy but the new copy had the same problem. Unfortunately the static noise renders the last song unlistenable."