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"Singer J.D. Walter is an experimental and expressive performer. The freewheeling scatter works through five standards and two originals with an usual trio.
Drummer Ari Hoenig and the bassists, Steve Varner and Tony Marino, create wide-open soundscapes for Walter to explore.
...the spirit of adventure comes through.
With its heavy voices, 'Columbiana' sounds like jazz in a monastery...
With one bass bowing and the other plucking...Hoenig's expert touches make things happen throughout."
- Philadelphia Inquirer
"Walter...uses his voice as just another instrument in the ensemble, much as Betty Carter or Anita O'Day
did. With his smoky sound, Walter wavers tones ever so slightly, comes in
when he damned well feels like it to stretch the confines of a song,
growls, moans, exclaims and jabs with uncanny pitch and right-on
articulation...a gem of a performance...Walter realizing in a wordless vocal way,
perhaps as Milton Nascimento does, the potential of the human voice for
gripping the heart...let's hope that the word gets out about J.D. Walter's exceptional CD." - All About Jazz
"...he scats like nobody else. Comparisons fail me. He plays with long tones like Betty Carter, takes risks like Kurt Elling, possesses a velvety smoothness like Mel Torme, investigates wordless ululations like Milton Nascimento, croons with the confident serenity of a Nat Cole...
Let's hope that a wide, wide listening audience sits up and takes notice.
With authority and astounding pitch and quickness of thought, Walter really does make each tune his own...creating surprise and delight with every song...Walter obviously enjoys scat-singing, and he may eventually be recognized as one of its contemporary masters.
- Jazz News
"Those in the know have already checked out J.D. Walter, the Philly vocalist with the soaring improvisational style... The arrangements are impressive, too..."
- Philadelphia City Paper