Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

JD Walter: One Step Away

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

Among vocal-jazz adventurers, none-not Bleckmann, not Elling, not even Murphy-can rival the outré audacity of JD Walter. As is often the case with startling originals who defy easy classification, the Pennsylvania-born Walter is far better known throughout Europe. So although he is now seven albums into a singular and amazing recording career that began with 2000’s Sirens in the C-House, all but the most intrepid Stateside listeners remain unaware of his trailblazing derring-do.

For the uninitiated, One Step Away provides ideal entrée into Walter’s otherworldly world. Working alongside the equally phantasmagoric sonic trio Tarbaby (pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits), Walter blends covers and originals that are decidedly not for the faint of ear.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published