Robert Walter's 20th Congress ft. special guest Eric Krasno

Robert Walter's 20th Congress

Robert Walter is an accomplished keyboardist and composer. He plays Piano, Hammond B3 and Fender Rhodes. While touring extensively in the US and Europe, he has worked as a leader and sideman withmany of the giants of American jazz and funk music. As a member of the classic band the Greyboy Allstars he has built a large and devoted following. He also works as a session musician, recording and collaborating with a diverse group of artists and on many film scores.

Robert grew up in San Diego, California where he studied music from the age of 7 and began performing in bands as a teenager. He helped form the the Greyboy Allstars in 1993 with Karl Denson, Elgin Park, Chris Stillwell, Zak Najor and DJ Greyboy. Influenced by soul-jazz and funk records from the 1960s and 70s, the band juxtaposed jazz improvisation and dance music. They continue to record and perform to a committed fan base. The Greyboy Allstars also served as the band for Robert's first solo record, Spirit of '70 which also featured saxophonist and Miles Davis sideman Gary Bartz.

In the late 1990's Robert started his own group Robert Walter's 20th Congress to showcase his composing.The band became known for it's live performances and toured throughout the 90s and 2000's. They recorded two albums, Money Shot and Giving Up the Ghost.Band members included Cochemea Gastelum (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings), Stanton Moore (Galactic) Joe Russo (Furthur, Benevento-Russo Duo), George Sluppick (Mofro, Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Mike Fratantuno (Black-eyed Peas), Chuck Prada, and Will Bernard. During this period Robert also recorded There Goes the Neighborhood with jazz-funk pioneers Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, Phil Upchurch and Red Holloway.

Robert relocated to New Orleans in 2004 and became immersed the vibrant local music scene. He began collaborating with Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore, James Singleton, George Porter Jr and many more. While in New Orleans he recorded Super Heavy Organ and Cure All as well as albums with Stanton Moore (III, Emphasis on Parenthesis, Groove Alchemy) and Anders Osborne (American Patchwork).

Robert currently lives in Los Angeles where he works on film music with composer Michael Andrews. They have done scores for Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher, Walk Hard (the Dewey Cox Story) Cyrus, Jeff Who lives at Home, She's Out of Your League, 5 Year Engagement and the title song for the Fox comedy The New Girl (with Zooey Deschanel).

Special Guest Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce)

Since forming Soulive in 1999, Krasno, organist Neal Evans, and drummer Alan Evans have toured the globe spanning small rock clubs to major festivals, in Africa, Japan, Russia, Brazil, and more. With releases on Velour Recordings, Blue Note, Stax and their own Royal Family Records, and a resume that includes opening spots for the Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band, it’s little wonder the group has developed a reputation as one of the most celebrated instrumental soul-funk trios in the world.

The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow ft. Cochemea Gastelum

Cochemea Gastelum, one of New York City’s most in-demand saxophonists, has been a key player in the blossoming new soul and Afrobeat scenes that have leapt out of Brooklyn to take the world by storm in recent years. The versatile Brooklyn-based musician has performed and/or recorded with a diverse group of artists, including Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Archie Shepp, Paul Simon, Antibalas,Public Enemy, The Roots, The Budos Band, and Amy Winehouse. However, with The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow,his debut release as a solo artist,Gastelum has carved out a whole new sound.

An eclectic listener as well as player, Gastelum has drawn from a myriad of influences, including the effects-laden excursions of Eddie Harris' electric saxophone, the percussion-driven orchestrations of War and the winding horn dimensions of Mulatu Astatke. The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow is a collection of instrumentals that range across the global rhythmic horizon,from Afro-centric jazz to keyed-down “Low Rider” jams, to vintage boogaloo,
raw soul, lilting Brazilian strains, and beyond. Through it all, Gastelum peels back the layers of his story through his horn.

“The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow is about the end of one journey and the beginning of another,” the artist notes. “It’s about staying true to the inner voice, respecting the ancestors and those who pioneered before us." Gastelum not only pays tribute to to his elders' ways and sounds, but respects that very pioneering spirit with which they blazed new trails, where others had not yet been before -- fearlessly creating a sound that is
at once past, present and future. The solo project was inspired by a dream he had that related back to his Native American roots. Upon this realization,the complete vision for the album was formed. With this debut release, Cochemea Gastelum at last steps out, front and center, reaching from the past into to the future while remaining in the ever-present now.

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