In the early 1960s, when Dickerson first emerged on the scene, a number of musicians had already arrived at the conclusion that bebop, which had dominated jazz for two decades, was an increasingly inadequate system out of which to make a music that could embody the tensions, dangers, revelations and liberated energies of the times. His music, while not nearly as radical in its departures and explorations as, say, the music of Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, certainly places him among the significant contributors to the jazz revolution of his era.
Total time: 64:16 min.
01. Unity 16:23
02. High Moon 17:40
03. Theme From Lawrence Of Arabia 2:42
04. That Is The Desert 5:06
05. Motif From Overture, Part I 3:52
06. Motif From Overture, Part II 3:46
07. Arrival At Audas Camp 2:20
08. Nefud Mirage, Part I 4:32
09. Nefud Mirage, Part II 4:15
10. The Voice Of The Guns 3:28
This CD release contains two complete albums:
Tracks #1-2, from the album "Walt Dickerson Plays Unity" (Audio Fidelity, AFSD 6131)
Tracks #3-10, from the album "Jazz Impressions of Lawrence of Arabia" (Dauntless, DS 6313)
Personnel and dates:
Tracks #1-2: Walt Dickerson (vib), Walter Davis Jr. (p), George Tucker (b), and Edgar Bateman (d).
Recorded in New York City, on March 5, 1964
Tracks #3-10: Walt Dickerson (vib), Austin Crowe (p), Henry Grimes (b), and Andrew Cyrille (d).
Recorded in New York City, March 21 & 25, 1963
Original sessions supervised by Tom Wilson
Photography: Don Schlitten
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol