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7 Psalms

by Jeremy Walker

Inspired by John Coltrane, Mozart’s "Requiem", Bach’s "Mass in B Minor", and Duke Ellington, this album blends jazz quartet with chamber choir, and a singer described as Johnny Cash meets Harry Connick, Jr.—surprising, soulful and swinging.
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1. Psalm 6
7:14 album only
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2. Psalm 3
6:17 album only
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3. Psalm 13
7:20 album only
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4. Psalm 22
10:19 album only
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5. Psalm 130
7:15 album only
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6. Psalm 126
3:59 album only
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7. Psalm 131
4:20 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“I wasn’t prepared for the power, scope, and enormity of SEVEN PSALMS, . . . It was sad and uplifting, stormy and hushed. It marched and it swung. It was requiem and hosanna, blues and hymn.” —Pamela Espeland, bebopified (April 2013)

“It is important that a creation reflects something of the creator, and with SEVEN PSALMS Jeremy has allowed us to know who he is. The piece is searching, soulful and swinging. This is a beautiful and important recording.” —Ted Nash, Multi-instrumentalist/Composer, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

MUSICIANS:
Jeremy Walker composer/piano | Jason Harms soloist | Brandon Wozniak alto saxophone | Jeff Brueske bass | Tim Zhorne drums | Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir is conductor: Brian Link; soprano: Katie Gearty, Angela Keeton, Marita Link, Kari Walker; alto: Calley Bliss, Roxy Stouffer Cruz, Sandra Schoenecker, Lily Cristina Troia, Ingrid Verhagen; tenor: Rick Latterell, Bryan O'Neil, William Pederson, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu; bass: Mark Donlin, Joseph Ellickson, Seth Keeton, Robert Wojcicki.

After 18 months of composition, and a standing ovation from 600 audience members at its 2013 debut, Jeremy Walker’s unlikely SEVEN PSALMS is catching the ear of the music world. Future performances will bring together Walker, Harms, and jazz quartet with choirs worldwide.

“SEVEN PSALMS began as an artistic challenge. I wanted the music to bend to the text. And the Psalms read like a blues, so for a jazz composer, it felt natural. It’s all there—suffering and defiance, hope and redemption. The ancient universality of these poems and prayers can reach across the ages to speak to all of us, regardless of beliefs. SEVEN PSALMS starts stormy and ends peacefully. There are marching armies (Ps. 3), elements of Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and Bach’s ‘Mass in B Minor’ (Ps. 13). John Coltrane inspired Psalm 22. There are folk choirs in country churches, and Duke Ellington’s influence is everywhere. Jason Harms delivers the suite with style, swagger and raw emotion. I hope listeners will hear in this work what I tried to write, a sound of beauty, welcome and hope.” —Jeremy Walker

WHAT IS BEING SAID ABOUT SEVEN PSALMS
“Jeremy Walker’s voice as a pianist and composer is a marvelous thing—his music is both direct and thoughtful, stripped bare of excessive ornamentation, with something elemental and pure in it. SEVEN PSALMS is a very soulful recording, one that will reward repeated listenings.” —David Berkman Pianist/Composer, Professor in Jazz Studies, Aaron Copland School of Music, C.U.N.Y.

“Inspired by Johnny Cash and John Coltrane, Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, Bach’s ‘Mass in B Minor’ and Radiohead, Walker wrote new music for the ancient Hebrew poems that are cries for help, howls of frustration and shouts of joy: ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord.’ ‘How long, O Lord?’ ‘Our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing.’” —STAR TRIBUNE

ABOUT JEREMY WALKER
“Jeremy Walker may become the Duke Ellington of the early 21st century.” —Jazz Ink

Jeremy Walker (known to many as “Boot”) is a prolific composer and pianist who started playing the saxophone at age ten in Minneapolis, MN. At fourteen, he began studying jazz and has been intimately involved in this art form ever since–studying with Frank Kimbrough (Juilliard, Maria Schneider Orchestra), David Berkman (Queens College, Tom Harrell), and Benny Golson among others. He was the founder of the club Brilliant Corners–voted by Downbeat magazine as “One of the 100 Great Jazz Clubs Worldwide,” and co-founder of the non-profit organization Jazz is NOW! – which launched with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet and surprise guest, Itzhak Perlman. In 2003, City Pages voted Walker “Best Local Impresario.” In the spirit of the music he booked at Brilliant Corners, Walker was asked to launch and curate a late night series at The Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in 2005 that still runs today. That same year an illness (recently diagnosed as Late Stages Lyme Disease) forced Walker to stop playing the saxophone; he turned to piano and composition earning accolades including a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study grant and collaborations with Alvin Ailey alumni, TU Dance, and Zenon Dance Company.

He has performed with Vincent Gardner, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash (all with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson (Wynton Marsalis), Anthony Cox (Stan Getz, Joe Lovano), Ron Miles (Bill Frisell), Matt Wilson (Dewey Redman and Jazz at Lincoln Center) and other notable musicians. Walker moved to New York in 2009, and became known for his unique voice and personal approach both as a pianist and composer. He moved back to Minneapolis in 2012 to be close to his son, Sam. Walker has written over SEVEN0 compositions for his bands: Small City Trio, Boot Camp, BOXCAR featuring Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, The NOWnet, and The Bootet. His current projects include work involving film - scoring Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story, and jazz SEVEN PSALMS. Walker also authors a series of articles on culture for Walker Art Center and mnartists.org

PRESS
“Former saxophonist. Pianist. Grants-winning composer. . . . Walker managed to do all that and more while battling debilitating Lyme disease, which is mighty impressive.” —Star Tribune

“Jeremy Walker is a jazz survivor . . . Walker’s music is written from the place of personal experience, not as exercises in form. They have emotional content. If you’re open to being touched, they can touch you.” —bebopified

“Walker demonstrated a sophisticated harmonic sense and an appealing preference for musical abstraction, rather than jazz-piano clichés.” —Pioneer Press

“Walker’s compositions strongly, and effectively, highlight his imagination, which seems as akin to Monk as to Ellington.” —Jazz Police

“it’s not just skill present on stage; it’s verve, panache, soul. Yes, call it soul.” —Rake Magazine

“fluid, adventurous, ever-evolving.” —Minnpost

RECORDING
SEVEN PSALMS was recorded on January 12, 2014 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN. (The entire recording was captured in one 5 ½ hour session.) This record is funded in part by Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through funds by the McKnight Foundation. Walker was awarded this Next Step grant in 2013.

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