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JD Walter: One Step Away

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.

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