JD WALTER is, I’m convinced, the next great male Jazz vocalist. He’s been described as a cross between Bobby McFerrin and Kurt Elling (who listed J.D. as one of his favorite vocalists in a cover story on Kurt in JazzTimes), but that’s not really fair because J.D. is 100% himself. He’s got the whole package: a soulful, memorable voice, great intonation and rhythm, interesting original tunes and arrangements of standards … and what he does with looping has to be heard to be believed – mind-blowing scatting over his own vocal bass lines and rich, multi-layered harmonies. Let me send you his most recent CD One Step Away, and you’ll hear what I mean.