Primary Instrument: Drums
Whit Dickey made a name for himself as the former drummer of David S. Ware’s famous quartet. Since then Dickey’s musical contributions have gone well beyond his work as Ware’s drummer. He is capable of tremendous power and yet has the ability for subtle gesture. Dickey is a composer as well as a drummer and his music has reached new heights in his recent small group work, with a coterie of great musicians including alto saxophonist Rob Brown. He has also performed with Matthew Shipp since 1991 and continues to play and record with Roy Campbell Jr., Mat Maneri, Chris Lightcap and many others.
Since 2007 Dickey has been focussing on developing an integrative improvisational style while working with Shipps Trio.
The album ART OF THE IMPROVISOR - received much critical acclaim and was listed as one of the year's best of 2011. He has started a cooperative unit with Sabir Mateen & Michael Bisio}} , which is another example of post- Coltrane integral unity, and is call Blood Trio.
Shipp, Bisio and Dickey have also been working with Ivo Perelman in various configurations.