Walter sent me an email when I accidently credited one of his reviews to a different writer. Later he submitted one of his projects to my now-deceased label Geode.
A fan of and participant in avant-garde jazz and improvised music.
Mean spirited and sometimes misinformed. 2 upturned noses.
Judging from the one recording of his that I have heard, incompetent musician. 1.5 upturned noses.
2 upturned noses.
There are undoubtedly some terrific moments, but the whole project is too self-consciously eclectic and downtown to allow the players to lose themselves in the music for sustained periods. In music, as in life, nirvana requires forgetting oneself. Here, both the writing and the playing seem at certain times to fall into the refrain Remember Me!
Me! and at others to reverberate loudly with a What should I be doing now? vibe.