Collin Walcott

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Collin Walcott (born February 24, 1945 in New York City , New York; † November 8, 1984 near Magdeburg , GDR ) was an American percussionist and sitar player . He was one of the pioneers of ethnic jazz .


Walcott studied (non-European) music at Indiana University in Bloomington , Indiana , and the University of California, Los Angeles . He also learned the sitar with Ravi Shankar and used it in the context of jazz and improvised music . He studied tabla with Alla Rakha .

Between 1967 and 1969 he was part of Tony Scott's group and also worked with Tim Hardin . In 1970 he became a member of the Paul Winter Consort . Together with his colleagues there Ralph Towner , Paul McCandless and bassist Glen Moore , he founded the group Oregon in 1971 . He also worked in the ensemble of the composer Meredith Monk . He later founded the Codona group together with Don Cherry and Naná Vasconcelos , in which he developed an early synthesis of Indian, African and Latin American music based on jazz. Due to his sensitive percussion work, especially on the tablas , and his sitar playing, he was also in great demand as a studio musician (e.g. by Richie Havens , Miles Davis , U2 , Larry Coryell , David Darling or Jim Pepper ).

Walcott died in an accident on an East German motorway while touring with Oregon .

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  • Cloud Dance CD (1976) ECM
  • Grazing Dreams CD (1977) ECM
  • Works (compilation) CD (1994) ECM

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