Kit Walker's latest CD release, "Freehouse," is a lively, imaginative blend of contemporary jazz and world music. A great talent on keyboards, Kit Walker is also a very imaginative composer, too! He has performed with many groups, and his music reflects world music influences. He started as a classical pianist at age seven, but after high school, his interests went forward in new and unexplored directions of creativity, and he taught himself to play blues piano. Before moving west to the San Francisco, California area in 1982, he made trips to India.
Walker founded the new HUM recording label, which stands for Habitat For Unusual Music. Guest musicians appearing with Walker on "Freehouse" include Paul McCandless, Kai Eckhardt, Gary Brown, Alan Hertz, Alan Hall, Deszon X. Claiborne, Marquinho Brasil, Chuck MacKinnon, Moses Sedler, Ella Zarum, Walt Kerik. A gathering of like minds coming together to perform some of the most unusual jazz music to appear in a while!
Some of the many excellent selections include "Freehouse," "Hot & Bothered," "Manhattan," and the wonderful 12:02 minute work titled "the tears of trees/the wild wood." This selection, "the tears of trees/the wild wood" is one of the most refreshingly original & creative new jazz works I have heard this year, and it should catch and hold the attention of jazz listeners everywhere!
Kit Walker's "Freehouse" is full of good surprises via way of fresh, imaginative melodies and excellent performances by all concerned! For listening pleasure, give the 9:01 minute work, "Catalina" a few listens! "Freehouse" should find a ready home with jazz listeners! Kit Walker has a great sound on "Freehouse." Excellent!