30 August 2007
WALT DICKERSON PLAYS UNITY
Walt Dickerson for Audio Fidelity from 1964.
Plays Unity [Walt Dickerson (vb), Austin Crowe (p), Henry Grimes (b),Edgar Bateman, Andrew Cyrille (d)]
In the early 1960s, when Dickerson first emerged on the scene, a number of musicians had already arrived at the conclusion that bebop, which had dominated jazz for two decades, was an increasingly inadequate system out of which to make a music that could embody the tensions, dangers, revelations and liberated energies of the times. His music, while not nearly as radical in its departures and explorations as, say, the music of Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, certainly places him among the significant contributors to the jazz revolution of his era.
The first side long track of this lp is simply called Unity.The individuality of each musician is not stifled and the over all cohesiveness suggests unity.The element of freedom through unity is a refreshing quality found in any of Dickerson's works.
The two drummers on the date,Edgar Bateman and Andrew Cyrille sometimes play simultaneously ,sometimes alternately and sometimes contrapuntally.George Tucker is a very fine bassist whom Dickerson is fond of because of his compatibility,and Walter Davis Jr, a stylish pianist, completes a formidable rhythm section.
The improvisation that is displayed on High Moon presents the jazz conoissuer with a delightful array of nuances against a background of exciting chord patterns.To the discerning listener the intriguing superimpositions utilized by Dickerson are nothing short of amazing.
Taken from the sleeve notes.