first_imgThe Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Sessions has been a long-running, fan-favorite music series, in which a huge range of artists come into the studio to cover some of their favorite artists or songs. Today, Aquarium Drunkard has released a brand-new edition of the Lagniappe Sessions featuring renowned keys player and bandleader Robert Walter.A veteran of the series—Walter debuted on the Lagniappe Sessions in 2013—Robert Walter is joined by his ongoing project, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress. Drawing on a huge range of influences, in the new release, Walter and company work through covers of Burt Bacharach‘s “My Little Red Book”, Roxy Music‘s “Avalon”, Gary Numan‘s “Down In The Park”, Paul McCartney‘s “Temporary Secretary”, and The Grateful Dead‘s “Dark Star”.Furthermore, the series asks the artists to speak a little bit about why they chose each tune. As Robert Walter explained of his choice cover of “Dark Star”,This is an old recording from 1999 during pre-production for my album Money Shot. We used to play “Dark Star” at the early 20th Congress gigs. It was a good vehicle for long improvisations and actually reminded me of a lot of the jazz and funk records I was listening to. Cheme’s electric sax adds some Eddie Harris influence to it. I didn’t really know too much the Grateful Dead at the time, despite my parents putting them on quite a bit. Playing this song was a gateway for me to get into their vast and unique catalog. I included this to add a little perspective to what I’m doing now.He also offers his thought on Paul McCartney’s “Temporary Secretary”, noting, “This is a particularly strange Paul McCartney tune. I think it’s him trying to do New Wave and coming up with something totally different. I love the little sequencer pattern and the angular melody.”You can listen to Robert Walter’s 20th Congress’ Lagniappe Session and read Walter’s full comments on his choice of tracks here.In addition to a number of fall dates with 20th Congress, Robert Walter will bring his talents to Brooklyn for the annual Brooklyn Comes Alive on September 29th, where he’ll perform a special trio set with NOLA percussion legend Johnny Vidacovich and Lettuce trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom in addition to joining the Karina Rykman Experiment alongside Dave Harrington. For a full list of Walter’s upcoming performances, head to his website.[H/T JamBase]last_img