WHIT DICKEY

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Free jazz drummer Whit Dickey first stepped into the spotlight as a leader with the release of his Transonic album from Aum Fidelity in 1998. Two years later, Wobbly Rail issued his Big Top release. Previously, he was best known for his solid work with Matthew Shipp and David S. Ware, with whom Dickey split in 1996. Early the following year, the drummer began composing the works that would be included on Transonic. Dickey penned all but two songs, "Kinesis" and "Second Skin," on the collection, and he even had a hand in those with the help of his fellow musicians on the album. The original compositions give a nod to the influence of "Criss Cross" and "Off Minor" from the legendary Thelonious Monk. Dickey recorded the album with the aid of Rob Brown on flute and alto saxophone, and Chris Lightcap on bass. In 2001, Dickey recorded half a read more...
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WHIT DICKEY Whit Dickey Trio ‎: Transonic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whit Dickey Trio ‎: Transonic
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
WHIT DICKEY Big Top album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Top
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
WHIT DICKEY The Nommonsemble ‎: Life Cycle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Nommonsemble ‎: Life Cycle
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
WHIT DICKEY Whit Dickey Quartet ‎: Coalescence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whit Dickey Quartet ‎: Coalescence
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
WHIT DICKEY In A Heartbeat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In A Heartbeat
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
WHIT DICKEY Sacred Ground album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sacred Ground
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
WHIT DICKEY Emergence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Emergence
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
WHIT DICKEY Blood Trio ‎: Understory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blood Trio ‎: Understory
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
WHIT DICKEY Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke : Fierce Silence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke : Fierce Silence
21st Century Modern 2016
WHIT DICKEY Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp : Vessel In Orbit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp : Vessel In Orbit
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
WHIT DICKEY Whit Dickey / Kirk Knuffke : Drone Dream album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whit Dickey / Kirk Knuffke : Drone Dream
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019
WHIT DICKEY Whit Dickey & The Tao Quartets : Peace Planet & Box Of Light album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Whit Dickey & The Tao Quartets : Peace Planet & Box Of Light
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019
WHIT DICKEY Whit Dickey Trio : Expanding Light album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Whit Dickey Trio : Expanding Light
Avant-Garde Jazz 2020
WHIT DICKEY Morph album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Morph
Avant-Garde Jazz 2020
WHIT DICKEY Whit Dickey / William Parker / Matthew Shipp : Village Mothership album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whit Dickey / William Parker / Matthew Shipp : Village Mothership
21st Century Modern 2021
WHIT DICKEY Astral Long Form : Staircase In Space album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Astral Long Form : Staircase In Space
Avant-Garde Jazz 2022

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WHIT DICKEY Whit Dickey / Trio Ahxoloxha : Prophet Moon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whit Dickey / Trio Ahxoloxha : Prophet Moon
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002

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WHIT DICKEY Astral Long Form : Staircase In Space

Album · 2022 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Yesterday I used the rare opportunity to visit a retrospective exhibition of renown avant-garde artist, probably better known in Europe than in the States, Marina Abramovic. I made a 200 kilometres-long round trip on a warm summer day, and it was worth it. There were many Abramovic filmed happenings demonstrated on the big screens in a modern art gallery, in total darkness, many screens placed at the same hall. There was one, where she is cutting a five-pointed star around her belly button with a razor blade (so-called "Thomas Lips"), filmed in the year 1975. It was very impressive emotionally (knowing that Marina was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in a family of high level Communist party functionaries of former Socialist Yugoslavia), but at the same time it looked like it's coming from very old past. From the times, when the world was divided between modernists and conservatives, at a time of aggressive feminism, sexual revolution and lots of freedoms coming soon. Quite surprisingly, looking back from now at these protests, and the revolution looks very "organic", and let say "natural". And yes, free jazz was a part of it.

In a modern world, which is thousands years away, we understand all these freedoms as natural, but in fact, we are living in a much more conservative world. We have just a few formal restrictions, but we are not really free. Our lives are complex, and nowadays free jazz is not all that free anymore.

American drummer Whit Dickey is one the great figures of New Millennium creative jazz, working with many leaders of the scene. On "Astral Long Form: Staircase In Space" Dickey leads a quartet with sax player Rob Brown, viola player Mat Manieri and bassist Brandon Lopez. Their music is free, but also well organized, clever, knotty and still dreamy at times. One can hear some (possibly) pre-composed pieces here and there, but it still sounds as spontaneous very much. Tagged by the artist as "channeling ecstatic cosmic vibration", it has nothing too much in common with space psychedelia of the 60s. Being still rooted in Coltrane's legacy, it is very a modern take on things, the music, which is miles away from free jazz of "summer of love" era, its not "organic" or "natural" at all. And it is not naïve, it comes from our clever and already slightly tired world, much more complex than last century's 60s.

And it is among best soundtracks of today's life too.

WHIT DICKEY Whit Dickey & The Tao Quartets : Peace Planet & Box Of Light

Album · 2019 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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AUM Fidelity offers two albums recorded by two different bands as a double set. Core duo of leader seasoned drummer Whit Dickey and alto saxophone player Rob Brown play on both, and them both are named Tao Quartet.

A first one, responsible for "Peace Planet" contains two stars - pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker. Whit Dickey who made a name playing with David S. Ware, was a regular member of Matthew Shipp bands from 1992 till now. Matthew Shipp and William Parker both were regular members of same Ware quartet as Whit Dickey. Rob Brown recorded two duet albums with Shipp, and he's a regular William Parker band's member for two and a half decade. All that means all quartet members have excellent communication on five well-composed pieces full of tunes and great solos of each member. Stylistically music of this album stays quite close to what William Parker play with his small bands - tuneful well-controlled adventurous jazz with lot of excellent piano playing coming from Matthew Shipp.

With no obvious leadership, "Peace Planet" is collaboration of four equal jazz improvisers of highest class, enough accessible listening to attract fans of any of members and multilayered and creative for repetitive listening (and far not only one).

Second set's album,"Box Of Light", is a way different. Dickey-Brown duo is completed till (Tao) quartet with trombonist Steve Swell and bassist Michael Bisio instead of William Parker. Sounding as much bigger band, this another Tao quartet play freer jazz often sounding as just spontaneous improvisations. Tons of brass coming from sax player and trombonist constantly soloing against each other with groovy rhythm section represents best free jazz in tradition of lofts era. Just as with many of similar recordings there are not much stays in memory after whole album's listening besides of excellent member's techniques and impressive interplay.

Looking from the label's point of view probably it's easier to sell two albums packed in one set than try selling each of them separately. From consumer's side the opinion on such packaging can be different though. There is no choice of purchasing only one of two set's albums, so buy both or don't buy at all. Surprisingly, during some last years it became a fashion of sort - finding new single release of William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith or some others renown avant-garde jazz artist is mission impossible. Be ready for double or triple set. Sometimes bigger sets contains music which has strong relation and must be presented in continuity, then it sounds at least understandable. Double sets containing two separate albums of different bands or triple sets filled till their size mixing new, archival and already released material in different combination smell a bit like marketing trick. Avant-garde jazz becomes commercial product?

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