Gary Walters | Moments in Time

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Moments in Time

by Gary Walters

This is a Solo Piano album that includes jazz standards, american songbook standards and original songs. In all cases I have attempted to create unique performances that incorporate intimacy and reflective improvisation.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fran Dance
6:14 $0.99
2. When Summer Comes
6:26 $0.99
3. Alone Together
6:05 $0.99
4. Schelle Intermezzo
5:32 $0.99
5. Air
6:54 $0.99
6. Effection Confection
5:48 $0.99
7. Chas Carter
5:12 $0.99
8. LauraLauraLaura!
5:56 $0.99
9. Rosie Rosebud
5:35 $0.99
10. My One and Only Love
8:29 $0.99
11. Dear Heart / Edelweiss
6:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album was a long time in coming, so song selection has significant meaning for me. I
learned Fran Dance from the late great Chuck Carter when he invited me into his quartet
many years ago. Chuck loved all styles of music and was particularly fond of playing the
lesser-known. Alone Together was a tune I first played in a local trio playing private
events. When Summer Comes crept up on me while listening to one of the late Oscar
Peterson’s first recordings after he had recovered from his stroke. Its tender melody compelled
me to learn it. Schelle Intermezzo was written while studying composition with
Dr. Michael Schelle and was a break from working on a composition for orchestra. Air was
written with my old band-mate and friend Jim Albrecht back in the early 1980s. (Jim wrote
some beautiful lyrics for the tune, but you don’t want to hear me sing!) Chas Carter is a
tune I wrote for the Chuck Carter quartet. He played it on bass clarinet to my utter delight.
Effection Confection is an experiment with Dave Weber, my engineer, who set up a bit of
digital distortion for me to react to and create this spontaneous improvisation. LauraLauraLaura!
is a snapshot of my loving, beautiful and supportive wife of 18 years and is
intended to capture a bit of her personality. Rosie Rosebud is an impression of our sweet
old dog we rescued from the Humane Society. Her physical limitations are outweighed
by her sweet disposition. My One and Only Love became “our song” when Laura and
I were on honeymoon in Boston, visiting a friend who knew the pianist at a piano bar we
stopped in. I was invited to play something and it was the first tune that came to mind.
I’ve played it for Laura on special occasions ever since. Dear Heart has been a favorite of
my Dad’s for a very long time and I’ve played it for him whenever I can. Edelweiss is from
my Mom’s favorite musical, Sound of Music, so it seemed only fitting to put the two songs
together for the two people who have done so much for me throughout my life.



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John Stebbe

Thanks, Gary
I heard a cut from this CD on the radio recently, and thought, “This has got to be ‘Piano Jazz With Marian McPartland.’” But no, it was Gary Walters playing his gorgeous arrangement of “My One And Only Love.” I’m a jazz pianist myself (though not in Gary’s league), and I attended a workshop he led a while back, and was very impressed with his knowledge of the craft and the great joy he communicated through his performances. So I downloaded his new CD last week, and I am glad I did.

On this disc, sometimes the most technically simple cuts are the most affecting. Notable in this regard is “Dear Heart / Edelweiss.” Nothing too difficult here in the execution, and not even very ‘jazzy,’ but Gary’s sensitivity to the melodies of both tunes make this track a standout.

“Effection Confection” allows Gary’s engineer some leeway in creating some interesting tonal variations in the final production of the track. But Gary’s composition here is not to be dismissed. The dissonant bass / midrange themes recall Bela Bartok’s “Allegro Barbaro,” and I could sense the fun Gary was having during this peformance. The track reminds me of the soundtrack to “The Firm” which was only piano, with lots of effects.

Gary often shows a preference for minor keys. I heard Marian McPartland say she prefers minor keys when she performs, so Gary is in good company here. An effective example here is “Chas Carter” which begins with an understated minor bass ostinato, and continues its development to an emotional peak in the middle, and gently brings you back down to earth towards the end.

In all, a very engaging and enjoyable compilation, from a truly talented musician, who has given his life to developing his gifts. Thanks, Gary.