Bio: Born in Bude in North Cornwall UK in 1954 John went to London in the 70's and took advantage of some fantastic Jazz courses at Goldsmiths College. The likes of Stan Tracey, Don Rendell, Brian Priestley, John Taylor and Howard Riley all ran adult education classes on site.
After immersion in the London Jazz scene John moved to Bristol in the early eighties and made a name for himself as a composer and bandleader. Working in anything from duo's to nonets he played alongside Andy Sheppard, Gerry Underwood, Paul Dunmall and a host of local musicians. He also ran regular Jazz and Improvisation workshops collaborating with the likes of Keith Tippett, Ian Menter and Will Menter.
Following two duo concerts with Andy Sheppard at the Bath Festival and the Bloomsbury Theatre John moved to the South West focussing on teaching and raising a family.
In 2000 John set up his own company "DrumCrazy Ltd" running drum and percussion workshops in schools and for corporate teambuilding.
During the past 20 years John has played in South West events alongside Digby Fairweather, Don Rendell, Don Weller, Charlie Hearnshaw, Neil maya and many other local musicians.
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|POSTED BY: EricLawrence||POSTED ON: 11 Aug 2009 12:18 PM|
Jazz pianist John Walter’s debut CD, “Lost in Time,” was a long time in the making, but more than worth the wait. An accomplished player of skill & sensitivity, the London-schooled, Devon-based Walter has been performing & teaching in England since the 80s, building up a resume that has included stints with acclaimed UK soloists like Andy Sheppard & Paul Dunmall. Displaying an affinity for the kind of lyricism & lush chords of a Keith Jarrett or Bill Evans, “Lost in Time” is a 12-song collection of original, piano-only jazz compositions filled with quiet intensity. “There Will Be Peace” & “Song to An Empty Room,” with their solemn & moving melodies, are highlights of Walter’s expansiveness, each clocking in at over 6 minutes, as the composer explores every nuance of his themes. The more up-tempo “Wosa” hints at pop sensibilities before drawing back upon its jazz roots, while title-track, “Lost in Time,” works the upper registers in an other-worldly performance of real beauty. As overdue introductions go, John Walter’s “Lost in Time” CD is a much-appreciated look at an artist stepping out of the shadows as an accompanist to spotlight his own considerable talents as a composer & jazz pianist.
-Rice B. & The RadioIndy Reviewer Team
|POSTED BY: radioindy||POSTED ON: 27 Jul 2009 05:37 PM|
John Walter:Lost in Time
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz Release Date: 2009 Buy CD - $12.97