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Sun Ra had first worked as a session musician with vibraphonist Walt Dickerson in late 1965 or early 1966 on the album IMPRESSIONS OF A PATCH OF BLUE, issued by MGM Records under the name The Walt Dickerson Quartet. Rounding out the foursome with Dickerson and Ra were occasional Arkestra members Bob Cunningham (bass) and Roger Blank (drums). The set was an interpretation of Jerry Goldsmith’s soundtrack for the film "A Patch of Blue," but it was not the actual film soundtrack. The album was produced by the legendary Tom Wilson, who had produced what some consider Ra's debut, JAZZ BY SUN RA, on Wilson's short-lived Transition label, in 1957.

Dickerson performed in concert with Sun Ra's Arkestra on at least two known New York dates, one in 1977, the other in 1986. In the interim the two collaborated on this one-off duet album for the Danish label Steeplechase; it was recorded in 1978 and released in 1979.

The compositions are by Dickerson, though the musicians share equal billing on the cover. The recording location was not listed on the album. Some sources indicate that the album was recorded in Denmark, but Ra discographers Robert L. Campbell and Christopher Trent are confident it was recorded in New York.

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released December 25, 2017

Walt Dickerson: vibes
Sun Ra: piano

All compositions by Walt Dickerson © Steeplechase Music (KODA)

Recorded in New York, unidentified studio, July 11, 1978
Issued on Steeplechase Records
Recording engineer: Elvin Campbell
Produced by Nils Winther

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The foremost figure in musical Afro-futurism and space-jazz. Keyboardist, composer, Arkestra leader, arranger, philosopher-jester, fashion icon, cosmic guide. Born Herman Blount in Alabama, 1914, left the planet in 1993, giving Earthlings a monumental catalog of recordings that transcend genre. ... more

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