Originally Posted by Anon La Ply
I actually don't understand why he played the pickup a bit straight. I think I would have preferred it swung more conventionally, though for all I know he might have tried full swing at first and found it didn't work as well. I loved his dynamics and eloquence, though.
I think it adds a lot. This was an eclectic bunch of musicians. Dolphy was pretty progressive, but when he's not soloing, I think a straighter swing might have been almost corny. Roy's feel kind of bridged Eric's "out" with the others' "in the tradition."
I agree with Gvd's assessment: Tension and release. So, so, so important to the feel of the music. It takes a master with an appreciation for nuance like Roy to really play with that and know when it fits the bill.