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Whit Dickey Quartet: Astral Long Form: Staircase In Space

Read "Astral Long Form: Staircase In Space" reviewed by Mark Corroto

As leader of the Whit Dickey Quartet, the drummer placed total faith in his bandmates for this studio session. The accompanying materials quote Dickey, “I asked them all to not think of time too much; I just wanted them to play, not to follow me or each other." Was that instruction made out of confidence or recklessness? One might say reckless if the lineup were other than the seasoned improvisers the leader assembled. Dickey might be best known ...


Radio & Podcasts

Whit Dickey Quartet, Yells At Eels & Fabian Dudek

Read "Whit Dickey Quartet,  Yells At Eels & Fabian Dudek" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a full load of great music in this episode of One Man's Jazz. It opens with a continuation of my recognition of trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez who passed away last month. The focus is on his powerful trio, Yells At Eels, with his two sons, Aaron and Stefan. There's a good chunk of new stuff from Europe—Norway's Bliss Quintet, Portugal's Mazam, Torbjorn Zetterberg, the fine bassist from Stockholm, guitarist {m: Michael Gregory Jackson}} German saxophonist Fabian Dudeck who has lots ...


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Whit Dickey / William Parker / Matthew Shipp: Village Mothership

Read "Village Mothership" reviewed by John Sharpe

Village Mothership presents a constellation of stars which first assembled some three decades ago. Although released on drummer Whit Dickey's Tao Forms imprint, on this 2020 studio date the trio, completed by bassist William Parker and pianist Matthew Shipp, manifests as a cooperative effort, unlike their first appearance on Circular Temple (Quinton, 1990) under Shipp's leadership. As well as being the pianist's trio of choice for several years, the threesome was also 75% of esteemed saxophonist David S. Ware's classic ...


Album Review

Whit Dickey / William Parker / Matthew Shipp: Village Mothership

Read "Village Mothership" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If drummer Whit Dickey, bassist William Parker, and pianist Matthew Shipp were a rock band, we might expect them to cover their classic album Circular Temple (Quinton Records, 1992) an LP, later re-released on the Infinite Zero label in 1994. Of course they are not a rock band, but If they were, we probably would demand they perform the music on Circular Temple in the exact same manner as it sounded three decades earlier. But that's just not the way ...


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Whit Dickey Trio: Expanding Light

Read "Expanding Light" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Highly respected, longtime New York City-based drummer Whit Dickey, frequent collaborator, and laudable alto saxophonist Rob Brown and young bassist Brandon Lopez consummate this trio's debut recording. As most would surmise, the musicians explore and refresh the peripheries of free jazz improvisation. Dickey and Brown's involvement with the always fertile NY improv scene is well-documented. Here, the band takes a democratic approach with close-knit interactions and formidable upfront asymmetrical grooves using space to impart breathing room and gradual ...


Radio & Podcasts

Whit Dickey, Sara Serpa & Stanley J. Zappa

Read "Whit Dickey, Sara Serpa & Stanley J. Zappa" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This first July show features the debut of a new record label with a focus on improvisation: Tau Forms. The artistic director is drummer Whit Dickey, and it happens that his new Expanded Light is one of first two releases by the label; the other comes from pianist Matthew Shipp. Good luck to Tao Forms! I thought I'd throw in a little Zappa for you this episode, but it's not Frank, it's his saxophone-playing nephew, Stanley J. Zappa who teamed ...


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Music from new label Tao Forms

Read "Music from new label Tao Forms" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Tao Forms is a new recording label launched in Spring 2020. Drummer—improviser—composer Whit Dickey is both the creative director and executive producer of this fresh endeavour. Matthew Shipp's The Piano Equation was the label's inaugural release. It was followed by Expanding Light, which is the new work by Whit Dickey himself. The music is distributed by the Aum Fidelity label. On this show I feature tracks from both of those albums as well as other music from the ...


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