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Whit Dickey

Legend says that drummer Whit Dickey has four arms, and more than one jazz critic wanted to prove it. His brain must have independent centers of control to run what he does with all the parts of his drumset, and his body seems to clone itself. We canít believe in the simultaneity of so focused events, but this is it. He really does it, with no tricks or overdubs. Until we begin to understand some things. When we know that Thelonious Monk is an important reference for Dickey, we finally see whatís happening. The late genious of the jazz piano proposed the complete autonomy of both arms, like if there was two pianists and not just one, and thatís what this inspired improviser does, adding his legs to the process. Once the stickman in the David S. Ware Quartet, soon he became the leader of his own groups, inviting other virtuosos like Chris Lightcap and Rob Brown to play with him. Considered a heir of drums masters Tony Williams and Elvin Jones, hear him during a solo convinces us definitly that jazz has a present and is going to have a future. And considering that Whit Dickey composes with a percussionist point of view, is to expect a very energetic following of this music continuum. Maybe we can dance it again...

Whit Dickey's records on clean feed
Coalescence
Whit Dickey
In a Heartbeat
Whit Dickey
Sacred Ground
Whit Dickey
 
     
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