Walter is joined on Get Thy Bearings by longtime Congressman Cochemea Gastelum on sax, guitarist/bassist Elgin Park, Aaron Redfield on drums, and Chuck Prada on percussion with hornman Karl Denson guesting on a couple of tunes. The album’s nine tracks are a cool hybrid that’s heavy on the funk; a little bit old school; a little bit exploratory; and always a hoot to put an ear to (and often shake something, as well).
The opener “Hunk” is one of those “shake something” numbers: Walter doles out dollops of keys like warm jelly over top of the chukka-chukka groove with Denson showing up at the 2:25 mark with a blast of butt-grinding sax raunch. “Dog Party” is another guaranteed gotta-mover, packed with a vintage good-time R&B feel that almost segues into a vibe similar to Traffic’s “Glad” when Prada’s hand percussion nuzzles up against the piano. Gastelum’s sax is cool in a can when he takes a break on “Little Business”; his riff swaps with Walter on “Foxhunting” are nasty and wild; and his moment under the streetlight on the title track establishes the tune’s late-night tension. Park’s bass is the backbone of “Don’t Chin The Dog” with everyone weaving between the vertebrae – including some slippery flute by Denson.
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