Walt Dickerson

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Walter Roland Dickerson (April 16, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – May 15, 2008) was an American jazz vibraphone player, most associated with the post-bop idiom.[1]

Dickerson graduated from Morgan State University in 1953 and after two years in the Army he settled in California. There he started to gain attention by leading a group with Andrew Hill and Andrew Cyrille, but it was his later period in New York City when he gained some further notice. For the Prestige label he recorded four albums. In 1962 Down Beat named him the best new artist.

From 1965 to 1975 he took a break from jazz, but later he worked again with Andrew Hill and Sun Ra. After 1975 he recorded several albums for the Danish Steeplechase label.

He died in May 2008 from a cardiac arrest.[2]


As leader[edit]

Year Album Notes Label
1961 This is Walt Dickerson! Austin Crowe (piano), Bob Lewis (bass), Andrew Cyrille (drums) Prestige
1961 A Sense of Direction Austin Crowe (p), Edgar Bateman (d), Eustis Guillemet, Jr. (b) Prestige
1962 Relativity Austin Crowe (p), Andrew Cyrille (d), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Prestige
1962 To My Queen Andrew Hill (p), George Tucker (b), Andrew Cyrille (d) New Jazz
1963 Jazz Impressions of Lawrence of Arabia Austin Crowe (p), Henry Grimes (b), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b), Andrew Cyrille (d) Dauntless
1966 Impressions of a Patch of Blue Sun Ra (p,h,c), Bob Cunningham (b), Roger Blank (d) Verve

As sideman[edit]

With Sun Ra

With Elmo Hope


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