The early 1960s saw the last burst of innovation on the vibraphone. Both Gary Burton and Bobby Hutcherson emerged during the period; but before these new stars were born, the focus of attention was on Walt Dickerson, who was heralded on the strength of his New Jazz albums as the most original voice on the instrument since Milt Jackson. The inclusion here of three standards also recorded by Jackson emphasizes Dickerson’s individuality-his whorls of melody had more to do with John Coltrane than any previous vibes player. Dickerson also displayed a refreshingly unaffected metaphysical bent as a composer that surfaces particularly in the duet "The Unknown" with Ahmed Abdul-Malik. Providing a perfect complement, as on Dickerson’s previous sessions, is pianist Austin Crowe.
with Austin Crowe, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Andrew Cyrille