Quick Listen – Walt Dickerson “Jazz Impressions of Lawrence From Arabia”

DickersonLawrenceThis is a curious record. For someone who worked with such avant-garde luminaries as Sun Ra, John Coltrane and Andrew Hill, this album is remarkably straight-laced. The tracks that attempt to create a middle-eastern sound essentially end up sounding like a drawn-out take on the last movement of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, (“Arabesque Cookie”) which debuted three years prior to this (the influence cannot be denied). The others use Maurice Jarre’s themes very lightly and end up just being simple vehichles for open soloing. If interesting for any reason it would be to hear Andrew Cyrille featured in one of his few traditional hard-bop outings.

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