|Walter Kemp 3|
"Musicianship with creativity and joy in each moment; informed by tradition, while exploring his unique modern voice…"
Blujazz is honored to present the latest recording “Dark Continent,” brought to you by Walter Kemp 3, pianist, composer, rhythmic vocalist and the driving force behind his newest endeavor, the Walter Kemp 3oh!. The internationally recognized pianist and composer expertly builds ensembles able to dominate in an array of venues. As co-bandleader of Grüvology, the ensemble was named “Staff Pick Best Jazz” by ArtVoice, the Niagara Region’s leading Arts and Culture publication. Kemp’s compositions have garnered widespread acclaim for their originality, trueness to form, and accessibility.
The Walter Kemp 3oh!’s highly-anticipated release brings Kemp’s musical and compositional abilities to the forefront. Winner of NightLife Magazine's 2012, 2013, and 2014 Music Award for “Best Original Keyboard Player,” Walter has taken home a string of top awards. Kemp’s Grüvology (Best Jazz Group, 4 consecutive years) has enjoyed numerous singular performance invitations before thousands. Stemming from his writing and production of Grüvology’s 2014 release “Freeway”, he earned a nomination to serve on the New York State Council on the Arts review panel, as well as a place in the HCMC Museum installation, designed by Hadley Exhibits (2013).
A highly sought-after professional in the Region’s progressive music scene, garnering festival appearances and international press, Kemp’s creativity, charisma and commanding stage presence have afforded him collaborations with the likes of Juini Booth, Bobby Militello, Sabu Adeyola of Ahmad Jamal Trio (protégé to Charles Mingus), and Rey Scott of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Juini Booth compares Kemp’s repertoire to that of Bobby Timmons. Jazz commentator, Garraud MacTaggart (The Buffalo News) states that Kemp’s performances command attention-- “locked tight, without any apologies.”
Now having joined forces with long-time musical collaborators, RiShon Odel Northington, recording and touring bassist for GRAMMY-nominated Najee, and percussive phenom David “Teaspoon” Hulett (Chuckie Campbell & the Phaction, and Tommy Z Band), the Walter Kemp 3oh! has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis (Okeh Records) noted the beauty in Kemp’s “great touch and arrangements” on “Dark Continent,” commenting that Walter embodies ”the spirit of the music, [which] is most important.” A featured artist on Toronto’s Jazz FM 91.1, and with a live performance heralded as “the best...incredibly beautiful music,” this is just the beginning for these promising young artists.