lunes, 27 de junio de 2016

Robert Walter • Cure All



If your concept of "Jazz Rock" is something like Mahavishnu or Chick Corea, this album will open your ears! This is jazz-rock with as much Doctor John and Booker T as John Coltrane. The trio swings, growls, slides and crawls like a hip alligator. On the last track, "T", Walter switches to a traditional Jazz trio and shows "Real Jazz Pianist" credentials, but most of the album (like the rollicking version of "Rivers of Babylon") has a playfulness that one doesn't hear in Jazz as much as one should. Amazon's pairing of this album with "Dance like there's no tomorrow" is perfect. Sometimes I listen to Jazz to concentrate, or to feed my love of abstract beauty. I listen to this for sheer pleasure: It just makes me feel good!

Robert Walter has no problem getting into funky, down-home soul-jazz when he wants to, but the organist/keyboardist/pianist also has his intellectual side. He obviously appreciates the soul-jazz that B-3 icons like Jimmy Smith, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Johnny "Hammond" Smith, and Jack McDuff offered in the '60s, but he has also shown his appreciation of Medeski, Martin & Wood as well as the post-bop and fusion that Larry Young explored after he moved beyond soul-jazz. And both sides of Walter's artistry serve him well on Cure All. If Walter (who forms a trio with bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich) set out to offer a healthy balance of intellect and funkiness, he achieves that goal on enjoyable tracks such as "Maple Plank," "Snakes and Spiders," "Measure Up," and "Coupe." Most of the material is more cerebral than a typical soul-jazz performance would be, but at the same time, Cure All is less cerebral than Medeski, Martin & Wood's albums. Whether he is on organ, acoustic piano, or electric keyboards, Walter usually avoids becoming either too simple or too abstract. Not that there is anything wrong with either simplicity or abstraction; the straightforward, groove-loving bluesiness of Big John Patton and Gene Harris is every bit as valid a part of jazz as the most challenging pieces that John Medeski has had to offer. But Walter obviously wanted to avoid going too far in either direction, and that outlook yields consistently worthwhile results on Cure All.




Tracks:
01 Snakes and Spiders 4:29
02 Money Changes 3:10
03 Cure All 3:26
04 Coupe 3:31
05 Scores of Spores 4:07
06 Parts and Holes 5:36
07 Rivers Of Babylon 3:23
08 Maple Plank 4:15
09 Box of Glass 2:23
10 Measure Up 3:24
11 Hillary Street 4:15
12 Bulldog Run 5:26
13 T 3:40

Personnel:
Robert Walter, Hammond B-3
James Singleton, bass
Johnny Vidacovich, drummer


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