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Robert Walter's 20th Congress

Robert Walter's 20th Congress

Sat, Jan 12, 2019

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20 ADV - $25 DOOR

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Robert Walter's 20th Congress
Robert Walter's 20th Congress
A founding member of the seminal groove band The Greyboy Allstars, organ, keyboard and
synth sharp-shooter Robert Walter splits his time between his own 20th Congress, Greyboy,
and a robust film soundtrack career in Los Angeles. He returns with 20th Congress to support
his new studio album 'Spacesuit'.
Initially formed as the backing band for rare groove luminary DJ Greyboy, The Greyboy Allstars
quickly became a long-term project for Walter with a string of critically acclaimed albums, world
tours. The band quickly became home to some of the most revered players on the modern
music scene.
The Greyboy Allstars' success also served as a platform for the band's individual members to
launch highly successful and substantially diverse solo careers. To flex his desire to compose in
a way that was just outside of Greyboy's wheelhouse, Walter formed 20th Congress and
recorded and toured heavily through the late '90s and '00s. The band featured a rotating cast of
players over the years including Stanton Moore, Joe Russo, Will Bernard, and Cochemea
Gastelum.
The current iteration of 20th Congress includes a new crew of brilliant improvisers and genrebending
virtuosos. Drummer Simon Lott (Kool Keith, Charlie Hunter) is a longtime collaborator
who brings a refreshing unpredictability anchored in deep-rooted New Orleans rhythms. Bassist
Victor Little (Billy Preston, Charlie Musselwhite) started sitting in with the band on a series of
West Coast gigs and gradually became essential to the evolving sound. Guitarist Chris Alford
(Cassandra Wilson, Mike Dillon) has worked extensively with Lott in New Orleans, bringing a
baked-in chemistry that has mutated into the infectious sound of this incarnation of the 20th
Congress.
Walter has been a fan of Science Fiction since he was a child and several of his fantastic
notions have found their way on the latest release from Robert Walter’s 20th Congress entitled
Spacesuit (available September 21); a collection of futuristic sounds, danceable songs, and
inspirational musicianship.
Whereas previous 20th Congress albums found Walter delving deep into the wellspring of his
most formative influences: hip-shaking vintage soul, window-rattling '60s-'70s funk, and the
sounds of classic organ jazz, Walter switched his source of inspiration for this latest effort from
digging through the crates to gazing speculatively skyward, imagining new worlds rather than
emulating classic records. The results lose none of the explosive funk and soul grooves that
Walter has become known for, but it takes those sounds into outer space, blending inspiration
from science fiction movies, comic books and art with wide-ranging influences encompassing
everything from Dub Reggae to Krautrock to early jazz-rock fusion.
A brilliant improviser with a gift for riveting hooks and unstoppable grooves, Walter set out to
create songs that blur the line between the composed and the spontaneous; an album with a
narrative arc that isn’t tethered to concrete ideas. He uses a full arsenal of keyboards, synths
and electronics and draws together the varied aspects of his career, from his film soundtrack
work with Michael Andrews to his free-ranging improvisational excursions with the likes of genre
jugglers like Marco Benevento, Skerik and Mike Gordon.
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