Robert Walter: Snakes and Spiders


Snakes and Spiders


Robert Walter (Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, piano, clavinet, percussion)


Cure All (Palmetto PM2132)

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Robert Walter (Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, piano, clavinet, percussion),

James Singleton (bass), Johnny Vidacovich (drums)


Composed by Robert Walter


Recorded: Maggie's Farm, PA, June 25-27, 2007


Rating: 80/100 (learn more)

In this decidedly freewheeling offering from keyboardist Robert Walter, we can hear influences from a blues-oriented tableau that might include tinges of the rocking vitriolic Lee Michaels with his drummer Frosty to the distinctive sound of Dixie Dregs keyboard wizard T. Lavitz. This is a jazz/rock/whatever style that is hard to pigeonhole. With a heavy backbeat driving the tune through its paces, Walter plies his keyboard skills to most effect on the Hammond B-3 with that Leslie pulsating sound. This takes me back to the late '60s and early '70s, when you could go to the Fillmore East or the Academy of Music and get high from the secondhand herb smoke as the audience bounced their heads to a driving beat propelled by the powerful hypnotic force of the Hammond B-3, usually played at deafening levels. This is not Jimmy Smith organ, but a variant that occasionally uses hints of electronic effects and could best be described as feel-good barnstorming music. It could easily be part of a jam-band repertoire.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello


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