"Trumpeter Jack Walrath finds musical influences in the most unlikely places. Often Walrath's writing reaches for an Ellingtonian breadth......"
Walrath ranks alongside the best modern/postmodern brassmen in the business.
"....the album included a sumptuous cover of Mingus's Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love."
"A current illustration of jazz as exhilaration, alternatively explosive and tender, is "Revenge of the Fat People". The leader is trumpeter Jack Walrath, on of the toweringly passionate expanders of the jazz idiom.""....the result --- on every single track --- is marvelously exciting, body-shaking jazz. All in all, one of those very rare dates when everything worked --- together."
You cannot go wrong with musicians of this caliber playing such high-quality compositions.
"....a consistently absorbing musical adventure!"
"Septet cuts, exceptional playing by Walrath, Steve, trb., and James Williams, piano."
"In a period dominated largely by the saxophone and by the muted, melted edges of Miles Davis's trumpet style, it's good to find a player who restores some of brass's authentic ring and bite. Walrath is a hugely talented player with a tough, almost percussive sound."
".....a portion of his music is as soul-wrenching as Mingus's...."
"Walrath's first solo album, "Demons in Pursuit" demonstrated his sharp ear, keen wit, and no-nonsense ability as a player."
"Working without a harmony instrument of second horn is a bold stroke for a trumpeter, but Walrath sounds completely assured." "Compositions like Spherious and Spontooneous point not just to Walrath's rather zany sense of humour, but also to his oblique, Monk-like compositional sense, which often makes use of folk and popular elements in a highly original way."
"A fascinating exploration of some aspects of today's multicultural music scene, ranging from Japanese Gagaku and American Gospel to West Indian Calypso and North African traditional modes, all seen and heard through the eyes and ears of a superior jazz musician, Jack Walrath! These different musical traditions are viewed from the all-embracing perspective of modern jazz. I was very impressed by Jack Walrath's ability to feel at home in all these diverse musical environments.!"
"....progressive quintet on all originals. Great liner notes by Walrath. Seek this one."