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You Get What You Give

by Mark Walker & Paquito D'rivera

This album is an exciting, energetic and authentic foray into Afro-Latin styles in a jazz context featuring many of the top players in the business, like Paquito D’Rivera. Mark Walker's originals are featured, including the Grammy nominated "Deep Six."
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Candombe in Blue
7:35 $0.99
2. Speak No Evil
6:39 $0.99
3. Akumbia
5:23 $0.99
4. Moment’s Notice
5:57 $0.99
5. Bye-Ya (feat. Paquito D'Rivera)
4:32 $0.99
6. Andalusian Sunrise
9:40 $0.99
7. All the Things You Are
6:43 $0.99
8. Timba Blues
3:23 $0.99
9. Deep Six
7:39 $0.99
10. What About That (feat. Paquito D'Rivera)
6:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Grammy award winning drummer, composer and educator Mark Walker hails from Chicago, Illinois. After paying his dues playing every kind of gig he could get, he had several breakthroughs, including getting hired by Paquito D’Rivera in 1989 (with whom he still plays) and Lyle Mays in 1992.

He moved to New York in 1995, where began touring and recording with the Caribbean Jazz Project. He also had a two-year stint with pianist Michel Camilo. In 1996, he was asked to record with Oregon and Ralph Towner hired him on the spot.

In 2005, he moved to the Boston area and began developing his writing and production skills. In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy award in the category of best instrumental composition for “Deep Six,” recorded by Oregon.

Walker is now stepping out as a leader with his new album, “You Get What You Give.” It's an exciting, energetic and authentic foray into Afro-Latin styles in a jazz context featuring many of the top players in the business, like Paquito D’Rivera. Walker's originals are featured, including the Grammy nominated "Deep Six," as well as Latin arrangements of four jazz standards.

Walker's "Candombe in Blue" is played in the Afro-Uruguayan candombe style and is inspired by Osvaldo Fattoruso, the late great Uruguayan drummer. Wayne Shorter's composition "Speak No Evil" is treated as a Peruvian festejo, rhythmically altering the melody. "Akumbia," by Walker, is in the Colombian/Venezuelan cumbia style, and is influenced harmonically by Ralph Towner. "Moment's Notice," by John Coltrane, is played as a Brazilian samba with a maracatu thrown in near the end of each chorus. Thelonious Monk's "Bye-Ya," arranged by Alain Mallet and featuring Paquito D'Rivera, employs the Cuban cha cha cha, danzon, bembe and rumba. Walker's "Andalusian Sunrise" is an improvisation inspired by Miles Davis and Spanish flamenco. "All the Things You Are" is heard here in a Cuban 7/4. Walker's "Timba Blues" is in the Cuban Afro style, and transitions into timba-funk. Walker's Grammy-nominated "Deep Six" begins as an Afro-Cuban 6/8 groove and goes into swing for the solos. The last track, another Walker original, "What About That," features Paquito D'Rivera.

Mark Walker is a Yamaha, Paiste, Remo, Vic Firth and Meinl artist.

Mark Walker - drums
Paquito D’Rivera - clarinet (tracks 5,10)
Diego Urcola - flugelhorn (track 2)
Mike Tucker - tenor saxophone (tracks 4, 6, 8)
Tim Miller - electric guitar (tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 10)
Alain Mallet - piano, organ, melodica
Leo Blanco - piano (tracks 4, 6, 8)
Oscar Stagnaro - electric bass
David Zinno - acoustic bass (tracks 4, 6, 8)
Ernesto Díaz - percussion (tracks 4, 6, 8)
Pernell Saturnino - percussion
Paulo Stagnaro - percussion

Produced by Mark Walker
Recorded and Mixed by Mark Wessel at Berklee College of Music - Feb 9-10, 2007 and Feb 7, 2019
Mastered by Robert Vosgien at Capitol Studios - Feb 21, 2019
Thanks to all the musicians involved, Mark Wessel, Ben Scholz, Shaina House, Claudia Stoica, Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drumheads, Meinl Percussion and Berklee College of Music.



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Tyler H

A Gem
Such an inspiring and engaging album. I love the merging of musical styles presented in this album, as well as the recording and post production, it's all top notch. I am not as experienced and versed in the songwriting, arranging, and playing of the styles presented in this album, but if I ever was going to get an introduction, I'm glad it was this album by Mark Walker. Thanks for this gift and continuing to make the world go ' round.