Collin Walcott

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


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

Between 1967 and 1969 he belonged to the group of Tony Scott, 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 1971 he founded the group Oregon. He also worked in the ensemble of composer Meredith Monk. Later he teamed up with Don Cherry and Naná Vasconcelos group Codona in which he developed an early synthesis of Indian, African and Latin American music on the basis of jazz. Due to its sensitive percussion work, especially on the tabla, sitar and his game, he was also much in demand as a studio musician (eg by Richie Havens, Miles Davis, U2, Larry Coryell, David Darling and Jim Pepper).

Walcott died in an accident on an East German highway during a tour with Oregon.

Disco printing specifications

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

Lexigraphic entries

  • Ian Carr et al Jazz Rough Guide Stuttgart 1999; ISBN 3-476-01584- X
  • Wolf Kampmann Reclams Jazz Encyclopedia Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-15-010528-5