Relativity (Walt Dickerson album)

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Studio album by Walt Dickerson
Released 1962
Recorded January 16, 1962
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 34:24
Label New Jazz
NJLP 8275
Producer Esmond Edwards
Walt Dickerson chronology
A Sense of Direction
(1961)A Sense of Direction1961
To My Queen
(1962)To My Queen1962

Relativity is the third album led by vibraphonist and composer Walt Dickerson which was recorded in 1962 and released on the New Jazz label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
Down Beat4/5 stars[4]

The Allmusic site awarded the album 4½ stars, stating "If there is a flaw with Relativity, it's that it doesn't have quite the same spark of revelation as Dickerson's first two albums; critics were beginning to identify his brief note clusters and stop-start phrasing as stylistic trademarks, and aside from the duet with Abdul-Malik, the record doesn't really push Dickerson's sound into new territory. Still, taken independently of context, Relativity is another fine recording and one of the better pieces of Dickerson's underappreciated legacy".[3] Down Beat reviewer Don DeMichael wrote "This third Dickerson album, like the first two, offers excitement, emotional experience, and music of high quality. ...this is a very good album and is heartily recommended for the sometime electrifying emotion Dickerson is able to generate."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Walt Dickerson except where noted

  1. "Relativity" - 5:20
  2. "It Ain't Necessarily So" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 4:25
  3. "I Can't Get Started" (Vernon Duke, I. Gershwin) - 5:05
  4. "Steppin' Out" - 2:05
  5. "The Unknown" - 3:59
  6. "Sugar Lump" - 6:05
  7. "Autumn in New York" (Duke) - 7:25



  1. ^ Prestige Records New Jazz catalogue discography accessed March 27, 2015
  2. ^ Fitzgerald, M., Walt Dickerson discography accessed March 27, 2015
  3. ^ a b Huey, S., Allmusic Review, accessed March 27, 2015
  4. ^ Down Beat: February 14, 1963
  5. ^ DeMichael, D., Walt Dickerson Reviews Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine., accessed March 27, 2015