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Walter Clark

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: February 7    

Walter Clark

Born in Brooklyn, New York,

Although recordings of his unique voice and arrangement style have just begun to surface with the 2002 release of his first album, “Perfect Love,” Walter Clark has been on the music scene, performing for audiences around the world for over 30 years. He has become a fixture at such upscale hotels as The Ritz Carlton and is currently performing at the St. Regis hotel in Osaka Japan. With a repertoire of over 500 songs spanning multiple genres and decades he has been able to excite and satisfy listeners of varied backgrounds and maintain a career exclusively as a full-time performing artist since 1980....
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1988 US Dept. of Commerce - Bureau of the Census Black History Month Celebration Jazz Program
author: Imani Z! Release: Best Thing to Come 5 stars I`ve known Walter for a few years now, and the one thing that I know about him more than anything else is he is relentless. He gives his all to anything that he`s involved in and his new CD is no exception. In fact, he really outdid himself. He studied engineering and mastering, and studied again and then studied some more but NEVER lost conscientiousness of the MUSIC! He performs brilliantly on every cut. His arrangements are top notch and his vocals and instrumentation never disappoint. The clarity and warmth of this CD seems to make the music just float on air but never to the point of being considered “elevator music” but instead, because of the arrangements & his excellent musicianship, keeps you on your toes as you will miss something VERY SWEET if you take your ears away for a second. I`m partial to “Destiny” and “Gypsies” but every single tune is done MORE than “well” but excellently. You will not be disappointed in the least. Just buy it and I know you will feel the same way. Respect to you Walter for a very, very fine effort! Can`t wait for the next! IZ

After this, you may just be the man. Still listening to your CD and it ALWAYS sounds just as good as it did when I listened the first time.....ps....and smile.... even WITHOUT the wine..... ha ha ha

have a good day.... IZ

More customer reviews via email etc, on the first week of release:

It was one hell of a coincidence to me that after I wrote to you yesterday, there was a wonderful surprise awaiting me in my mailbox. I don't need to tell you it was “Best Thing To Come”, to which I am listening at this very moment. This thing is DYNAMITE! First of all “Destiny “ is so beautiful and well executed it almost made me want to cry. What kind of piano was that? It must've been a full fledged genuine Bosendorfer (or something like that), right? I was just about to say the artwork, especially the cover, is enough to make the cd a success right there. And now I see it was done by June. She's absolutely phenomenal! What magnificent talent! ...I'm going to keep on listening to the new cd and say more about the songs after I finish. But so far, I hear a magnificent eclectic approach and I hear some pieces (such as tracks 11 and 12, Honesty and Desperado) that must've come truly from your heart,

Hi Walter, How are you? I received the two books and your CD on Monday morning. Thank you very much for sending them. I didn't have much time yesterday to listen to all of the songs on the CD but what I was able to listen to sounded fantastic. Sonically its nice and fat and very well mixed. Your voice sounds great. Its nice and clear and very well proportioned in the mix. Also all of your arrangements are spectacular. Thank you very much for putting my name in the linear notes. Also your sister is very talented as well. Her artwork on the front cover is great. I have a few questions to ask you concerning various sounds you used on certain tunes so after I listen to all of the songs I'll give you a call and bombard you with my questions if you don't mind. Thanks again for everything. Talk to you soon. Later, Greg

Hi Walter, I'll call you in a few. Everything was fantastic with the CD. I loved the arrangements, your voice, and the overall sound quality. Please keep on mixing and mastering yourself. Thanks again, Greg

Mike wrote: “Silky Smooth Baby!!!”

Hey Doll, Just a few quick words. I received the CD and am so very proud of you.This something that I always knew you were capable. I have felt every since I saw you,that your soul had a certain amount of peace.I know it's because you let God into your life.Ain't it grand.Stay health,cherish peace of mind,and stay with the Lord. Love you Dolonda

Hi Walter, Neal Yermish commented on your Wall post. Neal wrote: “Walt, I loved the CD and I'm waiting for Amazon. I'm still “old school” and like to hold the disk (and copy it onto all my pc's & ipods)”

More reviews: Well, my brother, Walt, I'm still listening to that true masterpiece that is your new CD. Speaking of Amazing, the bass work on #3, Amazing Grace, was certainly amazing. What is that called, sampling an acoustic double bass or what? A great and unique intro and interpretation, so much so that I had begun to doubt whether it would be the same song usually associated with that title. #4, Lovely Day. Very spry and upbeat. A “feel good” song to be sure. Simply and refreshingly beautiful! Again, truly hellified bass work too! Sounds like you've got ten live, individual, in-the-flesh musicians with you on that song, and you do a superb job of harmonizing with yourself on the vocals. You even said “Hit it”, at the very end of one of the last tags, as though you were talking to other musicians present there with you. Splendid!

More later as I continue listening. Right now listening to the very touching and very romantic #5, She.

Chuck

heartdebonyPublished 10-29-2011 I love the quality of sound on this album. This album is enjoyable on a long drive. Smooth jazz with a good balance of instrumental and vocal sounds and a variety of musical rhythms and styling: classical treatments, some new wave ambient, cool jazz fusion. Many of the numbers are standard love ballads delivered with strong tempo yet understated percussion. Tracks transition smoothly one to the next often through instrumental interludes. The first track, Destiny, is one such introduction to the lovely Imagine. Walter dares to lay on vocal harmony for that familiar melody and pulls it off with surprising success. Walter wraps Amazing Grace as a love song, introducing with classical strings, base violin, flute, and a sound like water flowing, melding into a waltz tempo before he takes up the hymn in velvet voice. Maybe I enjoy Walter's rendition of Lovely Day because it sounds like the version I remember, with a crisper emphasis on the beat, which improves that happy tune. These tracks have interesting instrumentation while preserving the familiar flavors of famous tunes. Walter knows it's not all about the voice. His instrumental Gypsies is a gift of strings and guitar, with innovation in tempo and thoughtful plays on chords. The sax solo in Perfect Love, its use as an introduction to My One and Only Love, add distinction to this collection of arrangements. Walter sings like he means every word, and he's singing to the listener, not about someone else. His quietly assured renditions make this album a considerate companion.

Nick NascatiPublished 08-19-2011 The CD arrived just in time for a late afternoon drive to the NJ Shore. It was the perfect accompaniment to a nice afternoon. Walter's interpretation of familiar songs, included two favorites of mine, “My One and Only Love” and “Desperado”, both were very well done. His “Amazing Grace” was soulful and uplifting. All in all an enjoyable listening experience.

author: heart d'ebony Release: Many Splendid Things ”Sweet Lorraine” bops right along with a crisp up beat and a smooth croon. It’s nice to hear the love enunciated as Nat King Cole would approve. Opening chords of “The Very Thought Of You” deepen the mood with a dose of warm horn. Strong vocal delivery adds conviction and Walter provides just enough of a waver to convey uncertainty, or is it despair? I like that this one ends on a positive note. Whenever I hear those strains that remind me of Walter Clark's Titanic theme, I remember. His interpretation of the popular hit has become the definitive sound of it for me. This time I feel steadied while he leads me in a “Tennessee Waltz” to a moody minor key and a decidedly Western gait. “Stardust” softens the romance with a virtual walk in the moonlight, romantic guitar, and violins. Walter's ardent crescendo is never over the top, just right. “Fly Me to the Moon” swings on a dance beat that maintains its energy through an extended conclusion. There are plenty of dance-able numbers on this album: one imagines an easygoing crowd of cool customers, hand dancing the night away and taking care of business. Walter makes rain and thunder sound comforting in his lovely rendition of “We're All Alone.” Naturalistic effects fit right in with “What a Wonderful World.” Subtle strings cushion transition to a live horn solo that adds body just where we like it. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this collection is the crispness of tempo with which Walter accompanies several beautiful melodies. Hearing these favorites delivered straightforwardly is a welcome relief. Walter Clark takes us back to an era of suave mellow manners and philosophical rationality where we appreciate our splendid existence in a manageable world.

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iTunes Customer Reviews 5 stars! Enjoy

by joebobilly

This is a wonderful cover album. The focus of the originals are maintained, yet expanded with Walter's approach. Sweet Loraine is my favorite. Tennessee waltz is a big surprise.

Buy it. You will like it. As will your significant other. Snuggle up and enjoy.

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