Complete Expression (vol 2) [Brunswick Records, 1972]
A mindblowing album of electric piano tracks! Don Walker was a funky pianist from Chicago who worked briefly with the Young-Holt Unlimited group -- and who cut a rare few albums of his own for the Brunswick label. This second solo album features some excellent Fender Rhodes work by Don -- set to a very mellow set of grooves with conga, electric bass, and percussion in the rhythm group. In a way, the record feels similar to the work of the Cabildos group in Italy -- but with less of the band's heavy funk moments. [DusytGroove]
Thank you Sonja for your compliment and invitation to a "follow up." I have enjoyed many experiences with jazz musicians as I played nightspots and sang on a Cruise ship between Miami and the Bahamas and Paradise Island. But, sadly, this was my only period of inter-relating with Don. I could pass on to your Web site readers, however, my depiction of the greatest show I ever attended: Sinatra, Ella, and Basie at Cesar's Palace; but that might not be a "good fit" for this specific site. What do you think?
I was singing in a D.C. Club called O'Henry's in 1968. Don used to come in because his girl friend sang on the same bill. We talked and I told him I would love to sing "Alfie," but no accompanist I could ever find could play it right. Next set he accompanied me on it and it was perfect. A memorable night for a few reasons.
Great post! You may want to follow up on this topic.
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Hysear Don Walker is an extraordinary well-trained pianist, who took jazz greats L.D. Young & Redd Holt of Young-Holt Unltd. to majestical heights. Walker also did a great deal of R & B studio work for Brunswick with many artists, including the Chi-lites, Jackie Wilson, Barbara Acklin, and many more. If you're reading this, I would recommend that you check oout anything you can find with this great artist. He probably never quite got the recognition that he truly deserved.