David T. Walker

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David T. Walker
Birth name David Tyrone Walker
Also known as "David T."
Born (1941-06-25) June 25, 1941 (age 73)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Genres soul, R&B, funk, jazz
Occupations Guitarist, composer, musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1957 - Present
Website davidtwalker.com

David T. Walker (born June 25, 1941) is an American guitarist born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to numerous session musician duties since the early 1970s, Walker has issued fifteen albums in his own name.[1]

Career[edit]

David Tyrone Walker[2] was born to a Native American mother and African American father. He attended David Starr Jordan High School in the Watts area of Los Angeles. He has recorded a dozen solo albums since his debut release, The Sidewalk, in 1967. He has also been a session rhythm and lead guitarist, appearing on numerous soul, funk, and jazz releases. His backup work was featured on several notable albums of the early 1970s, including Stevie Wonder's Innervisions; Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On[3] and I Want You; Carole King's Fantasy; The Jackson 5's Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5, ABC, and Maybe Tomorrow; Michael Jackson's Ben; and Quincy Jones's Body Heat. He also played with the combo Afrique on its 1973 Afro funk release Soul Makossa.

Other musicians Walker has worked with over the years include James Brown, Ray Charles,[4] Etta James, Aretha Franklin,[1] Smokey Robinson, Martha and the Vandellas,[4] Four Tops, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Billy Preston, Bobby Womack, Barry White,[1] Hampton Hawes,[5] Herbie Hancock, Lou Rawls, Willie Hutch, Jeffrey Osborne, Johnny Bristol, Solomon Burke, Cannonball Adderley,[6] B.B. King, Pharoah Sanders, Donald Byrd, The Crusaders,[7] Joe Sample, Sarah Vaughn, Sérgio Mendes, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine,[8] Gerald Levert, and Boz Scaggs.[1] His song "On Love" was sampled on the breakbeat compilation album Tribe Vibes Vol. 2 by the group A Tribe Called Quest.

Walker played in Bill Cosby's all-star band at the 2008 Playboy Jazz Festival.[9]

Recently he has gained popularity in Japan for playing guitar for the pop music group Dreams Come True, and on band member Miwa Yoshida's solo albums, and has also performed live with them. He also leads his group on tours of Japan each year. He recently toured Japan with Marlena Shaw. His earlier albums have found new life by being reissued in Japanese editions, along with "best of" collections. An album titled Thoughts was released in Japan in 2008. A holiday album titled Wear My Love was released in Japan in 2009. "For All Time" was released in 2010.

Discography[edit]

As Leader[edit]

  • The Sidewalk (1967) Revue RS7207
  • Going Up! (1969) Revue RS7211
  • Plum Happy (1970) ZEA ZLP1000
  • David T. Walker (1971) Ode SP-77011
  • Press On (1973) Ode SP-77020
  • On Love (1976) Ode SP-77035
  • Swing Street Cafe (with Joe Sample, 1978) Crusaders
  • Y-Ence (1987) Alfa Moon 32XM-35
  • With a Smile (1988) Alfa Moon 32XM-69
  • Ahimsa (1989) Half Moon 28XE-2
  • Soul Food Cafe (with Soul Food Cafe, 1989) Invitation VDR-1636
  • ... From My Heart (1993) Edoya EDCP-602
  • Dream Catcher (1994) Edoya EDCP-701
  • Beloved (1995) Edoya EDCP-25005
  • Thoughts (2008) DCT UPCH-20113 (Japan)
  • 1971-1976 Best of Best (2008) Video Arts VACZ-1365 (Japan)
  • Wear My Love (2009) DCT UPCH-20113 (Japan)
  • For All Time (2010) DCT XQJS-1002 (Japan)

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As sideman[edit]

With Martha & The Vandellas

With Stevie Wonder

With The Jackson 5

With Marvin Gaye

With Cannonball Adderley

With Donald Byrd

With Herbie Hancock

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobbi Humphrey

With Joe Sample

With Yōsui Inoue

With Quincy Jones

With Alphonse Mouzon

With Jeffrey Osborne

With Marlena Shaw

With Stanley Turrentine

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Wynn, Ron. "David T. Walker". Allmusic. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ "David T. Walker Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1941-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  3. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1973-09-08). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 56. 
  4. ^ a b The Afro American Feb 27 1971 at Google News. Accessed 22-02-10
  5. ^ "Hampton Hawes Discography". Jazzdisco.org. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  6. ^ Gilles Miton. "The Happy People". Cannonball-adderley.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  7. ^ Rebecca D. Clear (1993). Jazz on Film and Video in the Library of Congress. DIANE Publishing. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-7881-1436-6. 
  8. ^ Johnson Publishing Company (March 1976). Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. 
  9. ^ Walker, Chris. "Jazz Reviews: Playboy Jazz Festival - By Chris Walker — Jazz Articles". Jazztimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  10. ^ "David T. Walker | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  11. ^ "Official Website│Discography". David T. Walker. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  12. ^ "Swing Street Cafe: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 

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