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Impressions of a Patch of Blue

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Impressions of a Patch of Blue was the second time Walt Dickerson recorded an album of rearranged movie soundtrack pieces, following his interpretations of material from Lawrence of Arabia. Starring Sidney Poitier, A Patch of Blue was about a star-crossed pair of interracial lovers, with the twist that Elizabeth Hartman's character also happened to be blind. More important to jazz fans, though, is that the album marked one of Sun Ra's extremely rare appearances as a sideman, playing both piano and harpsichord. And he turns in a masterful supporting performance behind Dickerson, putting his own indelible stamp on the proceedings without ever overwhelming them. Witness "Bacon ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Impressions of a Patch of Blue was the second time Walt Dickerson recorded an album of rearranged movie soundtrack pieces, following his interpretations of material from Lawrence of Arabia. Starring Sidney Poitier, A Patch of Blue was about a star-crossed pair of interracial lovers, with the twist that Elizabeth Hartman's character also happened to be blind. More important to jazz fans, though, is that the album marked one of Sun Ra's extremely rare appearances as a sideman, playing both piano and harpsichord. And he turns in a masterful supporting performance behind Dickerson, putting his own indelible stamp on the proceedings without ever overwhelming them. Witness "Bacon and Eggs," where Dickerson repeats a melodic theme for most of the piece while Ra's unorthodox reharmonizations dance about in the background. Ra's harpsichord also provides some otherworldly cascades that seem to spark Dickerson's sense of freedom, particularly on part two of "A Patch of Blue" and "High Hopes." Dickerson's own playing is most evocative on the two parts of "Alone in the Dark"; during the first, he plays frantic, jittery phrases that mimic the speech patterns of panic, and in the second he favors quick, repetitive figures that fade away like echoes or unanswered calls for help. All of that is indicative of the level of imagination with which the project is carried out, which makes it a shame that Dickerson retired from performing for a full decade following its release, leaving Bobby Hutcherson to become the most important modernist vibes player of the latter half of the '60s. Verve's 1999 CD reissue of Impressions of a Patch of Blue was a very limited edition, so don't dawdle in picking this one up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731455992922
  • Catalog Number: 559929

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Patch of Blue, Pt. 1 (1:28)
  2. 2 A Patch of Blue, Pt. 2 (4:34)
  3. 3 Bacon And Eggs (5:31)
  4. 4 High Hopes (5:09)
  5. 5 Alone in the Park, Pt. 1 (2:57)
  6. 6 Alone in the Park, Pt. 2 (7:07)
  7. 7 Selina's Fantasy (4:01)
  8. 8 Thataway (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Walt Dickerson Primary Artist, Vibes
Roger Blank Drums, Timbales, Timpani
Bob Cunningham Bass
Sun Ra Piano, Harpsichord
Technical Credits
Tom Wilson Producer
Francis Davis Liner Notes
Acy Lehman Cover Design
Patricia Lie Art Direction
Sung Lee Art Direction
Yuni Art Direction
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