By Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest
Vocalist J D Walter has been in and around the contemporary for the better part of two decades but lately, he’s been missing. Turns out he was dealing with several physical issues that included vocal cord surgery. An inventive singer and arranger, one can just imagine how the sabbatical must have affected him. His new self-released project, “Dressed In a Song“, shows renewed voice, vigor, and creativity. He and co-producer Al Pryor (GRAMMY winner as co-producer of Cécile McLorin Salvant’s “The Window“) picked seven songs, six pianists (including Jim Ridl, Orrin Evans, Taylor Eigsti, Marc Cary, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Julius Rodriguez) plus bassist Ben Wolfe, drummer Oded Calvaire, and Becca Stevens (charango and backing vocals) on “The Last Muse“. Read the full review here.