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Michael Joseph Sebastian Walker

Born in Salford in 1962, Mike Walker started relatively late (16) in music, picking up his Brother's Guitar and re-tuning it to trace the lush chords that had initially caught his ear in early Joni Mitchell songs and Weather Report Instrumentals. He became an avid fan of Steely Dan and copped Larry Carlton Solos by ear, as well as the rich harmonies and quirky melodic twists of Fagen and Becker. The obvious Jazz influence that permeates much of that music lead him to look back and dig deeper into the history and mystery of jazz and some of its major protagonists including Wes, Ed Bickert, Joe Pass and Jim Hall, as well as the great exponents of Piano, Sax and Trumpet such as Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderley, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard. Influenced in many directions from Rock (His Brother, Alan) Song (His Sister, Bet) and a broad spectrum of Jazz (His Brother, Paul) Mike became noted for his ability to be creative in a number of musical settings. Mike has performed and recorded with Steve Swallow, Dave Holland, Steve Rodby, Palle Danielson, Arild Anderson, Peter Erskine, Adam Nussbaum, John Marshall, Bob Moses, Bill Frisell, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Vince Mendoza, Mike Gibbs, Mark Anthony Turnage, Tal Farlow, Palle Mikkelborg, Mica Paris and Norma Winstone. He toured Europe and the States and recorded with the George Russell 'Living Time' Orchestra with whom he was a member for 18 years

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'One of the most powerful guitarists in Europe' John Fordham 'One of the greatest joys of British Jazz'. LondonJazz News '”leading the listener anywhere, and with an ability to play on the border of silence as well as with a burning energy”. 'World Class' Peter Erskine 'He knows as much about playing music on a stringed instrument as anybody I know - Steve Swallow 'Mike is such a great musician and guitarist' - David Torn 'simply beautiful. Beautiful beautiful! You write in poetry! Becca Stevens. 'Wasting my electric' Annie Walker 'Would give you the clothes off someone else's back' Greater Manchester Police

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