Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.

Last month saw the release of Get Thy Bearings, Robert Walter’s fourth record with the 20th Congress, and the groups first record together in a decade. A soul jazz vet, founding member of the Greyboy Allstars and Hammond B3 wunderkind, Walter has gigged with everyone from Gary Bartz, Fred Wesley and Andy Bey, to contemporaries Skerik, and Stanton Moore. I’ve personally seen Walter in action, in one form or another, twenty some odd times. His versatility never disappoints, as reflected in this week’s installment of The Lagniappe Sessions. Walter, in his own words, below.

MP3: Robert Walter’s 20th Congress :: Artibella (Ken Boothe)

I have always loved old reggae and rocksteady records.  There is a big connection with American R&B in tunes like this, plus the organ hook is a killer.

MP3: Robert Walter’s 20th Congress :: Black Narcissus (Joe Henderson)

I used to play this often in an organ duo with Johnny Vidacovich.  It’s very mysterious sounding to me. I love the version on Joe’s album Power to the People.

MP3: Robert Walter’s 20th Congress :: Flying (The Beatles)

One of the few Beatles’ instrumentals. It’s just a simple blues, but has a cool melody and a bunch of weird sounds. It feels pretty stoned on the original.

MP3: Robert Walter’s 20th Congress :: The Worm (Bill Doggett)

I found this on an old cassette mix-tape. I’ve always loved ’60s boogaloo and novelty records. This is both. Instant party.

Lagniappe Sessions Archives / original illustration for aquarium drunkard by Ben Towle.

11 Responses to “The Lagniappe Sessions :: Robert Walter’s 20th Congress”

  1. [...] The Lagniappe Sessions :: Robert Walter’s 20th Congress [...]

  2. I don’t know how many times I’ve left comments voicing my appreciation for this website but I’m going to do it again. When the last 20th Congress album came out I was a pot smoking high schooler with a penchant for funk and jazz. I will admit to seeing some pretty terrible jamband shows during this period, but also many amazing ones. One was Robert Walter in New Orleans, which blew my 16 year old mind. From his stuff with the Greyboy Allstars to his solo albums, I looked for all of them when they would come out. I still have the old 20th Congress album on the iPod and this is the first time hearing of a new album. It’s cool how you guys know no boundaries when it comes to genres and what to write about. Good music is good music and AQ knows that. Thank you.

  3. these are soooo niiice

  4. This is radical. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Another damn fine instalment. These will play nicely next to some Booker T, McLemore Ave numbers.

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    thank you AD

  7. Thanks for sharing, Ive been listening to GBA and RWTC for 18 years and always enjoy hearing new material

  8. If there’s any justice, when one looks back on the history of soul jazz and b3 funk, Robert Walter will be right in there with Charles Earland, Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Don Patteson, etc. He’s a modern master…So tight!!!

  9. do you know who is on the current tour with him?

  10. The current tour line up for Jacks Hole Live (Aug 3rd) is Cochemea Gastelum (sax/flute) John Speice (drums) and Victor Little (bass).

    Line up for Colorado (Aug 12th through 18th) and West Coast (Sept 5th through 14th) is Cochemea Gastelum (sax/flute) Simon Lott (drums) Josh Perdue (Bass/Guitar)

  11. I just wandered in here, linking from Robert’s website. This is stellar! Love the concept and the comments on the tracks. I’ve seen Mr. Walter in various line-ups and am always excited to have the opportunity to see him again. Very glad the 20th Congress emerged to record an album and tour. He is truly remarkable on the keys and a good guy as well. Thank you, AquaDrunk.

    I’ll be at the Denver show in a blazer as a tip of the hat to RW. He classes it up by wearing one, so should his fans.

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