Walt Dickerson Discography
by Michael Fitzgerald

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Date: ca. 1954
Location: Germany
Label: [radio broadcast]

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Lou Blackburn (tb), Walt Dickerson (vib), Carl Hendricks (p), Dave Kleinburg (b), Sammy Mapp (d)

a.01   unknown title - rhythm changes - 0:59  (Walt Dickerson)
b.02   Robbins Nest - 5:15  (Illinois Jacquet, Sir Charles Thompson)
c.03   Hallelujah! - 3:17  (Vincent Youmans, Clifford Grey, Leo Robin)
d.04   Isn't It Romantic - 5:17  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
e.05   Deep Purple - 2:37  (Mitchell Parish, Peter DeRose)
f.06   Sweet Georgia Brown - 2:21  (Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey, Maceo Pinkard)
g.07   Time Was [aka Duerme] - 4:14  (Gabriel Luna, Miguel Prado, Sidney Keith 'Bob' Russell)
h.08   Barbados - 3:20  (Charlie Parker)
i.09   unknown title - rhythm changes - 2:48  (Walt Dickerson)

Broadcast on the Armed Forces Network, probably sometime in 1954 while Dickerson was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany as part of the Seventh Army Symphony.

Opening and closing selections include radio voiceovers.

Information supplied by Armin Buettner from the collection of Otto Flueckiger.


Date: February 24, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Prestige

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Austin Crowe (p), Bob Lewis (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a.2886   Infinite You  (Walt Dickerson)
b.2887   Evelyn  (Walt Dickerson)
c.2888   Death And Taxes  (Walt Dickerson)
d.2889   Elizabeth  (Walt Dickerson)
e.2890   Time  (Walt Dickerson)
f.2891   The Cry  (Walt Dickerson)

Date: March 7, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Prestige

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Austin Crowe (p), Bob Lewis (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a.2912   Infinite You - 7:01  (Walt Dickerson)
b.2913   Evelyn - 6:14  (Walt Dickerson)
c.2914   Death And Taxes - 6:06  (Walt Dickerson)
d.2915   The Cry - 7:01  (Walt Dickerson)
e.2916   Elizabeth - 5:07  (Walt Dickerson)
f.2917   Time - 6:29  (Walt Dickerson)
All titles on:      New Jazz LP 12": NJ-8254 — This Is Walt Dickerson!   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1817-2 — This Is Walt Dickerson!   (1993)

Date: May 5, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Prestige

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

a.3005   If I Should Lose You - 5:00  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
b.3006   Ode To Boy - 5:30  (Walt Dickerson)
c.3007   Sense Of Direction - 6:00  (Walt Dickerson)
d.3008   Why - 4:48  (Walt Dickerson)
e.3009   Togetherness - 3:00  (Walt Dickerson)
f.3010   You Go To My Head - 8:19  (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
g.3011   What's New - 4:44  (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke)
h.3012   The Good Earth - 3:33  (Walt Dickerson)
All titles on:      New Jazz LP 12": NJ-8268 — A Sense Of Direction   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1794-2 — A Sense Of Direction   (1991)

Date: January 16, 1962
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Prestige

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Austin Crowe (p), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a.3346   It Ain't Necessarily So - 4:25  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
b.3347   Relativity [aka Good Relationship] - 5:20  (Walt Dickerson)
c.3348   The Unknown - 3:59  (Walt Dickerson)
d.3349   Sugar Lump - 6:05  (Walt Dickerson)
e.3350   Autumn In New York - 7:25  (Vernon Duke)
f.3351   Steppin' Out - 2:05  (Walt Dickerson)
g.3352   I Can't Get Started - 5:05  (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin)
All titles on:      New Jazz LP 12": NJ 8275 — Relativity   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD 1867-2 — Relativity   (1995)

Date: September 21, 1962
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Prestige

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Andrew Hill (p), George Tucker (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a.3631   To My Queen - 17:32  (Walt Dickerson)
b.3632   How Deep Is The Ocean - 11:05  (Irving Berlin)
c.3633   God Bless The Child - 3:54  (Arthur Herzog, Billie Holiday)
All titles on:      New Jazz LP 12": NJ 8283 — To My Queen   
     Original Jazz Classics CD: OJCCD-1880-2 — To My Queen   (1996)

Andrew Hill (p) on a-b; Andrew Cyrille (d) on a-b.


Date: March 21, 1963
Location: Gotham Studios, New York City
Label: Audio Fidelity

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Austin Crowe (p), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a.a-01   Theme From "Lawrence Of Arabia" - 2:45  (Maurice Jarre)
b.a-02   That Is The Desert - 5:09  (Maurice Jarre)
Both titles on:      Dauntless LP 12": DM 4313 — Jazz Impressions Of "Lawrence Of Arabia"   (1963)
     Audio Fidelity LP 12": AFSD 6217 — Vibes In Motion   (1968)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 407 — Vibes In Motion   (2006)

Details from AFM Local 802 contract which shows Ahmed Abdul-Malik as bassist, not Henry Grimes.

Some issues have completely unrelated track listing on sleeve. Record label is correct.


Date: March 25, 1963
Location: Gotham Studios, New York City
Label: Audio Fidelity

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Austin Crowe (p), Henry Grimes (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a.b-04   The Voice Of The Guns - 3:28  (Kenneth Alford)
b.b-01   Arrival At Auda's Camp - 2:20  (Maurice Jarre)
c.b-02   Nefud Mirage, part I - 4:35  (Maurice Jarre)
d.b-03   Nefud Mirage, part II - 4:19  (Maurice Jarre)
e.a-03   Motif from Overture, part I - 3:56  (Maurice Jarre)
f.a-04   Motif from Overture, part II - 3:49  (Maurice Jarre)
All titles on:      Dauntless LP 12": DM 4313 — Jazz Impressions Of "Lawrence Of Arabia"   (1963)
     Audio Fidelity LP 12": AFSD 6217 — Vibes In Motion   (1968)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 407 — Vibes In Motion   (2006)

Details from AFM Local 802 contract which shows Ahmed Abdul-Malik as bassist for the earlier (March 21, 1963) session for this album.

Some issues have completely unrelated track listing on sleeve. Record label is correct.


Date: March 5, 1964
Location: New York City
Label: Audio Fidelity

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Walter Davis, Jr. (p), George Tucker (b), Edgar Bateman, Andrew Cyrille (d)

a.a-01   Unity - 16:23  (Walt Dickerson)
b.b-01   High Moon - 17:40  (Walt Dickerson)
Both titles on:      Chiaroscuro LP 12": CR 2011 — Walt Dickerson Plays Unity   
     Audio Fidelity LP 12": AFSD 6131 — Walt Dickerson Plays Unity   (1964)
     Fresh Sound CD: FSR CD 407 — Vibes In Motion   (2006)

Both selections co-composed with "Frey" - details unknown.


Date: January 12, 1965
Location: Hilversum, Netherlands
Label: [private recording]

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Bob Greene (p), Mike Taylor (b), Edgar Bateman (d)

a.   Evelyn  (Walt Dickerson)
b.   Relativity [aka Good Relationship]  (Walt Dickerson)

Date: probably late 1965
Location: New York City
Label: MGM

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Sun Ra (p, hps), Bob Cunningham (b), Roger Blank (d, tmp)

a.part 1   A Patch Of Blue - 1:29  (Jerry Goldsmith)
b.part 2   A Patch Of Blue - 4:34  (Jerry Goldsmith)
c.   Bacon And Eggs - 5:31  (Jerry Goldsmith)
d.   High Hopes - 5:09  (Jerry Goldsmith)
e.part 1   Alone In The Park - 2:57  (Jerry Goldsmith)
f.part 2   Alone In The Park - 7:07  (Jerry Goldsmith)
g.   Selina's Fantasy - 4:01  (Jerry Goldsmith)
h.   Thataway - 4:34  (Jerry Goldsmith)
All titles on:      MGM LP 12": E 4358 — Impressions Of "A Patch Of Blue"   (1966)
     Verve CD: 314 559 929-2 — Impressions Of "A Patch Of Blue"   (1999)

Sun Ra (p) on a-d, f-h; (hps) on b, f-h.


Date: July 21, 1975
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Label: Why Not

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Wilbur Ware (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a.a-01   The Nexus - 22:38  (Walt Dickerson)
b.b-01   Tell Us Only The Beautiful Things - 18:30  (Walt Dickerson)
Both titles on:      Why Not LP 12": PA 7118 — Tell Us Only The Beautiful Things   

Date: November 14, 1975
Location: C.I. Recording Studio, New York City
Label: SteepleChase

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Lisle Atkinson (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a.a-01   Universal Peace - 17:47  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS 1042 — Peace   
     Inner City LP 12": IC 2042 — Peace   (1976)
b.b-01   Chant Of Peace - 28:10  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS 1042 — Peace   
     Inner City LP 12": IC 2042 — Peace   (1976)
c.   Warm-Up - 3:18  (Walt Dickerson)
All titles on:      SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31042 — Peace   (1994)

Assumed that Warm-Up is the selection listed as "untitled original" by Bruyninckx.


Date: 1976
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Label: Why Not

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Wilbur Ware (b), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (eb), Edgar Bateman (d)

a.01   Sky - 10:17  (Walt Dickerson)
b.02   Awareness - 4:29  (Walt Dickerson)
c.03   Keys Of Wisdom - 5:59  (Walt Dickerson)
d.04   Yesterdays - 9:24  (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
e.05   I Love You - 12:00  (Cole Porter)
All titles on:      Why Not CD: MTCJ 2009 — 1976   

Wilbur Ware (b) on c-e; Jamaaladeen Tacuma (eb) on a; Edgar Bateman (d) on a, c-e.

Probably multiple sessions. No details.


Date: August 11, 1976
Location: Players Palace, Philadelphia, PA
Label: SteepleChase

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (eb), Edgar Bateman (d)

a.a-01   My Prayer - 5:34  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1070 — Serendipity   
b.a-02   Magnificent Glimpse - 14:55  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1070 — Serendipity   
c.b-01   Serendipity - 10:48  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1070 — Serendipity   
d.b-02   This Way Please - 13:53  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1070 — Serendipity   
e.   Inner View One - 14:51  (Walt Dickerson)
All titles on:      SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31070 — Serendipity   (1994)

Date: February 9, 1977
Location: C.I. Recording Studio, New York City
Label: SteepleChase

Richard Davis, Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Richard Davis (b)

a.a-01   Lucille - 12:33  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1089 — Divine Gemini   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31089 — Divine Gemini   (1994)
b.a-02   Divine Gemini - 4:02  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1089 — Divine Gemini   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31089 — Divine Gemini   (1994)
c.b-01   Always Positive - 2:49  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1089 — Divine Gemini   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31089 — Divine Gemini   (1994)
d.b-02   Her Intuition - 14:24  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1089 — Divine Gemini   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31089 — Divine Gemini   (1994)
e.c-01   Tenderness - 9:36  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS 1213 — Tenderness   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31213 — Tenderness   (1993)
f.c-02   Divine Gemini - 3:35  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS 1213 — Tenderness   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31213 — Tenderness   (1993)
g.c-03   So Thoughtful - 4:48  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS 1213 — Tenderness   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31213 — Tenderness   (1993)
h.d-01   The Road Must Bend - 9:00  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS 1213 — Tenderness   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31213 — Tenderness   (1993)
i.d-02   Play Son Play - 8:07  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS 1213 — Tenderness   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31213 — Tenderness   (1993)
All titles on:      SteepleChase CD: SCCD 37029 — Dialogue   

Date: November 6, 1977
Location: Media Sound, New York City
Label: SteepleChase

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib)

a.a-01   Infinite Love - 18:50  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCD 17002 — Shades Of Love   
b.tk. 2   altInfinite Love - 19:52  (Walt Dickerson)
c.b-01   Love Is You - 2:20  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCD 17002 — Shades Of Love   
d.b-02   Interim Love - 17:07  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCD 17002 — Shades Of Love   
All titles on:      SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31424 — Shades Of Love   (1998)

Dickerson performs on two vibraphones simultaneously on "Interim Love".


Date: July 6, 1978
Location: C.I. Recording Studio, New York City
Label: SteepleChase

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Albert Dailey (p), Andy McKee (b), Jimmy Johnson [ii] (d)

a.a-01   Liz - 5:30  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1112 — To My Queen Revisited   
b.alt. tk   altLiz - 5:32  (Walt Dickerson)
c.a-02   The Ultimate You - 13:43  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1112 — To My Queen Revisited   
d.b-01   To My Queen Revisited - 23:49  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1112 — To My Queen Revisited   
All titles on:      SteepleChase CD: SCCD-31112 — To My Queen Revisited    (1994)

Engineer Elvin Campbell worked at CI Recording Studio, contradicting Copenhagen location given in some sources.


Date: July 11, 1978
Location: C.I. Recording Studio, New York City
Label: SteepleChase

Walt Dickerson, Sun Ra (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Sun Ra (p)

a.a-01   Astro - 7:50  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1126 — Visions   (1979)
b.a-02   Utopia - 8:10  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1126 — Visions   (1979)
c.a-03   Visions - 2:50  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1126 — Visions   (1979)
d.b-01   Constructive Neutrons - 10:10  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1126 — Visions   (1979)
e.b-02   Space Dance - 8:10  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1126 — Visions   (1979)
f.   Light Years - 15:18  (Walt Dickerson)
g.   Prophesy - 9:06  (Walt Dickerson)
All titles on:      SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31126 — Visions   (1994)

Engineer Elvin Campbell worked at CI Recording Studio, contradicting Copenhagen location given in some sources.


Date: September 30, 1978
Location: Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Label: SteepleChase

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib, per), Pierre Dørge (g, per)

a.a-01   Song For Irene - 1:06  (Pierre Dørge)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1115 — Landscape With Open Door   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31115 — Landscape With Open Door   (1996)
b.a-02   Tribute To Master Tchicai - 4:08  (Pierre Dørge)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1115 — Landscape With Open Door   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31115 — Landscape With Open Door   (1996)
c.a-03   Landscape With Open Door - 10:37  (Pierre Dørge)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1115 — Landscape With Open Door   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31115 — Landscape With Open Door   (1996)
d.a-04   Mirjam's Blue Umbrella - 1:49  (Pierre Dørge)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1115 — Landscape With Open Door   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31115 — Landscape With Open Door   (1996)
e.a-05   Bossa Kodania - 4:58  (Pierre Dørge)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1115 — Landscape With Open Door   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31115 — Landscape With Open Door   (1996)
f.b-01   Green Symmetry  (Pierre Dørge)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1115 — Landscape With Open Door   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31115 — Landscape With Open Door   (1996)
g.b-01   Witches Weep And Dance - 17:42  (Pierre Dørge)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1115 — Landscape With Open Door   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31115 — Landscape With Open Door   (1996)
h.b-02   Tai-Gong - 7:18  (Pierre Dørge)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1115 — Landscape With Open Door   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31115 — Landscape With Open Door   (1996)
i.   Warm-Up - 4:14  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase 45: SCS-1980/81 — The 1980 Steeplechase Artist    
j.   Warm-Up - 4:19  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase 45: SCS-1980/81 — The 1980 Steeplechase Artist    

f, g performed as medley.

Pierre Dørge (g) on a-h; (per) on a-h; Walt Dickerson (per) on a-h.

Warm-Up issued as "Warm-Up I" and "Warm-Up II".


Date: October 2, 1978
Location: Vaerkstedet, Holback, Denmark
Label: SteepleChase

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Andy McKee (b), Jimmy Johnson [ii] (d)

a.   I Hear You John - 35:19  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1146 — I Hear You John   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31146 — I Hear You John   (1996)
b.   Improvisation  (collective improvisation)
c.   Improvisation  (collective improvisation)
d.   My Friend Bob  (Walt Dickerson)
e.   We Wish You Well Wilbur Ware - 38:05  (Walt Dickerson)
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31146 — I Hear You John   (1996)

I Hear You John issued as part 1/part 2 on LP issue.


Date: October 10, 1978
Location: Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Label: [private recording]

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Andy McKee (b), Jimmy Johnson [ii] (d)

a.01   The Nexus  (Walt Dickerson)
b.02   Love Is You  (Walt Dickerson)
c.03   The Cry  (Walt Dickerson)
d.04   You Will  (Walt Dickerson)
e.05   Interim Love  (Walt Dickerson)
f.06   A Beauty In Love

Date: November 29, 1978
Location: Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Label: SteepleChase

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Andy McKee (b), Jimmy Johnson [ii] (d)

a.a-01   You Can - 11:31  (Walt Dickerson)
b.a-02   You Will - 9:16  (Walt Dickerson)
c.b-01   It Is Done - 8:08  (Walt Dickerson)
d.b-02   Thank You Son - 11:15  (Walt Dickerson)
All titles on:      SteepleChase LP 12": SCS-1130 — To My Son   
     SteepleChase CD: SCCD 31130 — To My Son   (1996)

Bruyninckx gives date as September 29, 1978. Confirmation needed.


Date: January 25, 1980
Location: Haverford College, Haverford, PA
Label: [private recording]

Walt Dickerson, Sun Ra (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Sun Ra (ep)

a.01   Improvisation - 25:47  (collective improvisation)
b.02   Love In Outer Space - 4:25  (Sun Ra)
c.03   Improvisation - 3:38  (collective improvisation)
d.04   Rhapsody In Blue - 4:57  (George Gershwin)
e.05   St. Louis Blues - 2:24  (W. C. Handy)
f.06   Space Is The Place  (Sun Ra)
g.06   Over The Rainbow - 8:45  (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg)
h.07   Improvisation - 6:18  (collective improvisation)
i.08   Improvisation - 17:02  (collective improvisation)

f, g performed as medley.

Walt Dickerson (vib) on a, i; Sun Ra (ep) on b-i.

Sun Ra plays Fender Rhodes electric piano.

Spoken comments (0:27) precede the first and (1:08) final selections.


Date: January 28, 1982
Location: Hall, Austria
Label: [private recording]

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Sirone [Norris Jones] (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a.   [unknown titles]  (Composer Unknown)

Two unidentified titles (29:19/35:28).


Date: February 4 & 5, 1982
Location: Barigozzi Studios, Milan, Italy
Label: Soul Note

Walt Dickerson (ldr), Walt Dickerson (vib), Sirone [Norris Jones] (b), Andrew Cyrille (d)

a.a-01   No Ordinary Man - 9:07  (Walt Dickerson)
b.a-02   Relativity [aka Good Relationship] - 13:42  (Walt Dickerson)
c.b-01   Life Rays - 4:46  (Walt Dickerson)
d.b-02   It Ain't Necessarily So - 18:10  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
All titles on:      Soul Note LP 12": 121 028 — Life Rays   
     Soul Note CD: 121 028-2 — Life Rays   (1997)

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