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In a Heartbeat

Whit Dickey

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Album Review

Drummer Whit Dickey's In a Heartbeat is mostly a high-energy set of original free bop. Some of the finest musicians in the idiom are featured, with the interplay between trumpeter Roy Campbell, altoist Rob Brown, and guitarist Joe Morris always being stimulating and fiery. The music is quite free yet purposeful and full of forward momentum. The compositions, despite the colorful titles, are slight, with Carla Bley's "Calls" being the most substantial piece, but it really does not matter. The reason that this outing is a success is that the musicians are quite skilled, listen closely to each other, and make memorable music out of very open originals. In a Heartbeat can be used to heat up a city.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Free jazz drummer Whit Dickey first stepped into the spotlight as a leader with the release of his Transonic album from Aum Fidelity in 1998. Two years later, Wobbly Rail issued his Big Top release. Previously, he was best known for his solid work with Matthew Shipp and David S. Ware, with whom Dickey split in 1996. Early the following year, the drummer began composing the works that would be included on Transonic. Dickey penned all but two songs, "Kinesis" and "Second Skin," on the collection, and...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 01, 2005

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