Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Walt Dickerson ''A Sense Of Direction''

Walt Dickerson

''A Sense Of Direction''
( LP Prestige/New Jazz Records, 1961 )
Catalog # NJ 8268

A Sense of Direction (W. Dickerson) 5:58
Ode to Boy (W. Dickerson) 5:29
Togetherness (W. Dickerson) 2:57
What's New? (J. Burke-B. Haggart) 4:44
Good Earth (W. Dickerson) 3:32
You Go to My Head (H. Gillespie-J.F. Coots) 8:17
If I Should Lose You (L. Robin-R. Rainger) 4:59

Walt Dickerson (vb)
Austin Crowe (p)
Eustis Guillemet, Jr. (b)
Edgar Bateman (d)

Joe Goldberg's liner notes reverse Bateman and Guillemet: "Of his associates on this record, only Philadelphia pianist Austin Crowe remains from the earlier session. Walt has known bassist Edgar Bateman and drummer Guillemet for quite a while, and it was his decision to use them here."
* Also on Fantasy OJCCD 1794
Originally issued as New Jazz 8268 - Recorded May 5, 1961 at the Rudy van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs NJ

A Sense of Direction, Walt Dickerson's second album as a leader, was recorded just two months after his debut, and it opened up a side of his playing not so much in evidence before. Having firmly set out his modernist credentials with the moody atmosphere of the debut, Dickerson seems to feel more inclined to lighten up. Three of the eight tracks are standards (in contrast to the all-Dickerson debut), which help bring out more of the lyricism he's capable of. But even his originals are generally brighter and more immediate, and help showcase not just his progressive thinking, but also his mastery of the vibes tradition before him. One exception is the melancholy "Ode to Boy," a tribute to Dickerson's brother who drowned while serving in the Navy. But for the most part, A Sense of Direction finds Dickerson at his most extroverted. He's far more likely to show off his prodigious technique in flashy, tinkling runs (which make the up-tempo "Togetherness" a highlight), and he lends a cool romanticism to the ballad numbers. Pianist Austin Crowe contributes some warm solos of his own, and the new bass-and-drums team of Edgar Bateman and Eustis Guillemet, Jr. is solid in support. If it's a shade less challenging and inventive than This Is Walt Dickerson!, A Sense of Direction compensates by making Dickerson's innovations more accessible and inviting.
By Steve Huey
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