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Casually Introducing Walter Smith III

by Walter Smith III

Young tenor saxophonist's debut disc on the Fresh Sound label with some of the best talent on the new york scene. Modern original instrumental jazz-based music with intelligent originals and fresh treatments of a few jazz classics.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cyclic Episode
6:33 $0.99
2. Kate Song
8:09 $0.99
3. Tail of Benin
6:10 $0.99
4. Benny's
9:20 $0.99
5. Duke Ellington's Sound of Love
5:40 $0.99
6. Wooden Box (Spatula in Three)
6:57 $0.99
7. Peace
6:43 $0.99
8. P.O.S.
5:44 $0.99
9. Blues
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
“A line of fans young and old hoping to see a show that had sold out of advance tickets stretched past a nearby ramen shop...This was a Jazz show, mind you. In 2012.” From a recent performance review, The Los Angeles Times simply states the future of Jazz is bright with rising saxophonist Walter Smith III.
Although it may appear Smith is a young gun on the scene at age 33, he is widely recognized as an adept performer, accomplished composer, and inspired educator. Smith’s debut recording as a leader was released in March of 2006 on the Fresh Sound New Talent label and features many of the brightest young Jazz talents. His sophomore release, titled "Live in France", was released in October 2009 to critical acclaim. His most recent album, “III”, was a top 10 best seller on iTunes. Walter will release his latest project "Still Casual" worldwide on September 9, 2014 ( for more info).
In the Jazz tradition, Smith has developed under the wings of many of the music’s greats. Walter is/has been a member of several legendary groups (recording and touring) including the Terence Blanchard Quintet, Eric Harland's Voyager Band, Roy Haynes "Fountain of Youth" band, Jason Moran’s Big Bandwagon, and the Christian McBride Situation band. Smith has performed all over the world participating in numerous international festivals as well as famed venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In addition, he has shared the stage and/or appeared on recordings with many Jazz notables including Roy Haynes, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Joe Lovano, Walter Beasley, Terri Lynne Carrington, and a host of others. To date, Walter has appeared on over 75 recordings that are released worldwide.
With his fresh sound and compelling original compositions, Smith is consistently called as a sideman in some of Jazz’s developing and gifted bands including Ambrose Akinmusire's Quintet, Christian Scott's group, and the Sean Jones Sextet.



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Marcus Strickland

a "MUST GET" for those who consider themselves a jazz connoisseur!!
Walter is one of my favorite saxophonists/ composers of today. This CD is a "MUST GET" for those who consider themselves a jazz connoisseur!!

Dwayne Smith

Words cannot describe the brilliance displayed on this album. I simply can't stop listening!

Adam Semanoff

Brilliant collaboration of artists!
Walter is a bad ass! Enough said


Walter Smith III, a living master....
Some musicians influence entire generations of other musicians. John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Bill Evans became “names” from the contributions of their genius. Today, you can hear the living, working genius, Walter Smith III, play somewhere in the world or on his recordings. Listen to the gem, “Kate Song," the duende in his “Capital Wasteland," and the urgency of “Himorme" and the pure magic conversation in “Shed." Listen to his phrasing. No....I mean REALLY listen. This is to today's music what John Coltrane was to the latter part of the last century. Roiling. Inflected. Original. Surprising. Unequaled.You will be amongst the lucky ones, like those who heard Coltrane when he was alive. Here’s another chance to hear a living working master. Don’t miss it. I guess I sound like a fan. I am.

Jacob Rodriguez

Nice Liner Notes
The CD has the best liner notes. Worth the buy for the liner notes alone. No lie

Cynthia A. Smith

Fantastic -- Deep -- Playful-- Introspective -- Spiritual -- Awesome
Fantastic -- Deep -- Playful-- Introspective -- Spiritual -- Awesome--We've waited 25 years for this release. It's fun to see everything unfolding. The CD is exciting to listen to over and over and over and over and over again. We love it!

Andy M.

Really fantastic playing and great tunes- can't get enough!
I went to music school with Walter and knew it was only a matter of time before he started releasing ridiculously good albums. I have been waiting for this and it certainly meets and surpasses my expectations. A superb album in every sense, I think Mr. Smith will become one of this generations jazz greats. Bravo!

Patrick Cornelius

Casually introducing the next major voice on tenor
Skeptical of such a tall claim? Take a listen then, folks, and get back to me. Want to hear blistering straight-ahead freebop chops? Listen to "Blues" or "Cyclic Episode." Is sensitive balladeering more your cup of tea? "Duke Ellington's Sound of Love" has got what you crave. Do you prefer conceptual impressionism? Check out Walter's progressive "Tail of Benin." This disc is a strong first statement by a strong new talent. One listen to Smith's ridiculously well-crafted solo on "Kate's Song" will be enough to convince you that this is casually one of the most compelling records of the year.


just fantastic....

Richard S.

This CD is really killin
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