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Walt Dickerson: Unified Vibes

From a shaded table in the backyard of his home in a suburb of Philadelphia, the great vibraphonist Walt Dickerson describes a performance during the 1960s with his longtime friend and collaborator, drummer Andrew Cyrille.

“There was a very strong rhythm-and-blues element at the club, and they were used to the backbeat and so forth. So, I started to play in that area just for the hell of it, and Andrew picked it up and began to apply the backbeat, and we got into a thing there. I never will forget it-we brought the house down with this blues excursion. After it was over, Andrew ran up to me and said, ‘Damn, Walt, I never knew you could play that shit!'”

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