Robert Walter’s 20th Congress – Get Thy Bearings

album coverArtist: Robert Walter’s 20th Congress
Album: Get Thy Bearings
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Label: The Royal Potato Family
Genre: Jazz-Funk / Soul Jazz
Format: mp3, Quality: cbr 320 kbps

Robert Walter performs all his own stunts. For 20 years, the San Diego native has been pulling drawbars and pushing the limits of the Hammond B3 organ. As a founding member of the Greyboy Allstars, he helped usher in the funk-jazz renaissance of the early ’90s and has continued to keep one hand comping chords in the instrument’s funky past, while the other explores ever-new melodic terrain.

Get Thy Bearings is drenched in the vintage old school soul, funk and jazz vibe of Walter’s heroes like Big John Patton, but it also reflects his recent work scoring films. There’s a conceptual depth to the songwriting that draws on elements of narrative and character development, lending a cinematic color to the proceedings. The tracks range from the Sly Stone-style soul vamp of “Little Business” to the heavy gospel of “Crux.” “Dog Party” might as well be the theme song to a cartoon of the same name, while “Don’t Chin the Dog” shifts from delicate shuffle to horn-drenched boogaloo. Things get eerie on “Up From the Skies,” a Jimi Hendrix cover rendered nearly unrecognizable in washes of electric Miles. Similarly, the album’s title track is a shrewd reworking of the 1968 Donovan tune Walter first discovered on compilation of sample-friendly breakbeats, full of fuzz guitar and a mercurial organ solo.

1. Hunk 4:01
2. Little Business 4:55
3. Get Thy Bearings 2:55
4. Foxhunting 5:01
5. Dog Party 4:32
6. Inversion Layer 4:42
7. Crux 3:02
8. Don’t Chin the Dog 4:32
9. Up from the Skies 5:30

Download: Robert Walter’s 20th Congress – Get Thy Bearings (2013)

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