|Tags:||jazz ecm sitar world fusion instrumental tabla bass contemporary jazz world|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
24 April 1945, New York City, USA, d. 8 November 1984, Magdeburg, Germany. Walcott played the violin at school and later studied percussion at Indiana University. In 1967 he studied the sitar with the famous Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and the tabla with Alla Rakha. He began a lifelong association with Oregon in 1971, playing sitar and tabla. In the mid-70s he recorded two albums under his own name with jazz musicians such as John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette and the influential trumpet player Don Cherry. In the late 70s he formed Codona with Cherry and the virtuoso Brazilian berimbau player and percussionist Nana Vasconcelos. The trio toured widely and recorded three albums for ECM Records. Walcotts luminous compositions, which defy easy classification, are among the most subtle and significant attempts to explore the interconnectedness of various world musical traditions. Walcott died in a car crash in Magdeburg, Germany, in 1984 while...