WALTER NORRIS / PUTTER SMITH
elements in motion
The question that always returns: What would it have been if?
Walter Norris, it seems, never asked this to himself. Otherwise, the
brilliant pianist from Little Rock (the small town where Bill Clinton is
also coming from) would have probably been cleverly exploited throughout
Manfred Rehm march 2009 Birdland Jazz Club,
Neuburg . Germany
WALTER NORRIS / MIKE RICHMOND
from another star
"Norris has long ago evolved into his own distinctive style, using advanced harmonies and his own musical logic to create very original solos."
"Now in his late sixties, Walter Norris is one of the elder statemen of the jazz piano. It has been said that these don't grow older, they just become better, which is certainly true in Norris' case. From Another Star is Norris' ninth CD as a leader. Here he teams up with bassist Mike Richmond to present his best recording to date. On this CD Norris gives a broad overview of his mastery as a composer, arranger and performer and his command of music: rhythm, harmony and melody. The recording quality matches this fine achievement.
"Without doubt, Walter Norris is one of the most sensitive, intelligent, compositional thinking and spontaneous sculpturing masters of his field."
"From another star shows Walter Norris at the peek of his art, as a pianist whose virtuosity is never an obstruction to his musicality." Dr. Wolfgang Knauer jan 2000 Jazzpodium
"Norris has that rare ability to engage in amazing harmonic flights - technically dazzling and rigorous - without losing sight of basic melody and the instinct to communicate. His advanced harmonic and structural concepts don't lock him into a rigid formalism, but enable some richly satisfying explorations that are instantly listenable but which gain from repeated hearings as well."