12th December 2017: Walter Smith III ‘Twio’ now availble for pre-order (Out Feb 9) + two instant gratification tracks + correct pronunciation help…




A few days back we announced the release Twio from tenor saxophonist and composer Walter Smith III for February 9 2018 (vinyl release date tbc, check back for more info). The album features longstanding musical partners Harish Raghavan on double bass and Eric Harland on drums, with guests Joshua Redman (tenor saxophone) and Christian McBride (double bass). Stay tuned for more info on this release in the coming days and check the full length track to the left.


FEB 2018 Walter Smith ‘Twio’ Launch Dates

12 – 606 Club, London, England
13 – Porgy n Bess – Vienna, Austria
14 – Jazzclub Unterfahrt – Munich, Germany
15 – Birmingham Conservatoire + East Side Jazz Club – Birmingham, England
16 – Sunset Jazz Club – Paris, France
17 – Sunset Jazz Club – Paris, France
18 – Unity Jazz Club – Göteborg, Sweden


Walter Smith III is widely recognized as an adept performer, accomplished composer, and inspired educator. Smith will release his 5th album as a leader, Twio in February of 2018 with his longtime trio of Harish Raghavan and Eric Harland including guest appearances by Christian McBride and Joshua Redman.

In the jazz tradition, Smith has developed under the wings of many of the music’s greats. Walter is/has been a member of several legendary groups (recording and/or touring) including the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Eric Harland’s “Voyager”, Jason Moran’s In My Mind:Monk at Town Hall, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, the Christian McBride “Situation”, Christian Scott group and the Sean Jones Quintet to name a few. Smith has performed all over the world participating in virtually every international festival as well as famed venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. In addition, he has shared the stage and/or appeared on recordings with many Jazz notables including Mulgrew Miller, Eric Reed, Billy Childs, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lynne Carrington, Bill Stewart, Ralph Peterson, and a host of others. To date, Walter has appeared on over 100 recordings that are released worldwide. Smith endorses D’Addario Woodwinds reeds and accessories, Fred LeBayle Mouthpieces, and Electro-Voice Microphones.