Robert Walter relocated from San Diego to New Orleans last summer, and his recent album, Super Heavy Organ
(Magnatude) is the result. The organist recorded it last January with Galactic's Stanton Moore, Tim Green, singer Anthony Farrell, Johnny Vidacovich and James Singleton. "I've been a big fan of Johnny and James," Robert Walter says. Super Heavy Organ
opens with "Adelita," the sort of Meters-influenced jam that has become obligatory here, but the leader of Robert Walter's 20th Congress shifts through a number of flavors throughout the album. In some cases, he emphasizes jazz, as is the case in the 7/4 "El Cuervo." On "(Smells Like) Dad's Drunk Again," he and Green play a post-bop melody against a bass line that's only funky in the way Singleton plays it behind the beat. Green, Singleton and Vidacovich are also in Walter's touring band. "I like playing with James because it allows me to free up harmonically in a way that's hard to do when you're trying to think about the bass line," he says. But, on a personal level, "I could listen to those guys talk about all the people they've played with all day."
Robert Walter's Super Heavy Organ
9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11
The Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St., 866-9359