This week on Comes A Time, Oteil and Mike are joined by keyboard wizard, Robert Walter! Robert joins the guys from his tour with Roger Waters of Pink Floyd to talk about what it’s like being on the road with one of his all-time favorite musicians, the process of re-releasing The Greyboy Allstars 1997 classic album A Town Called Earth, and his early days as a musician in the San Diego punk scene. Robert also dives deep on his broad array of musical influences, why great musicians aren’t pretentious, and the difference between responding to what you hear and forcing your intention in improvisation.
A founding member of the seminal groove band The Greyboy Allstars, organ, keyboard, and synth sharp-shooter Robert Walter splits his time between his own 20th Congress, The Greyboy Allstars, and a robust film soundtrack career in Los Angeles. The Greyboy Allstars became a long term project for Walter with a string of critically acclaimed albums and world tours, and the band quickly became home to some of the most revered players on the modern music scene.
To flex his desire to compose in a way that was just outside of Greyboy’s wheelhouse, Walter formed 20th Congress and recorded and toured heavily through the late ’90s and ’00s. A brilliant improviser with a gift for riveting hooks and unstoppable grooves, Walter set out to create songs that blur the line between the composed and the spontaneous.
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