“Walter is reshaping what jazz singing is all about. He is opening up familiar material to the most adventurous kinds of interpretation, while continuing to engage and entertain his audiences...he is an original in an art overpopulated with copycats." - Don Heckman, LA Times
“A highwater mark in Vocal Jazz... an absolutely modern music that inspires and points the way..." - Bob Dorough - Singer/Songwriter/Composer Schoolhouse Rock!, Vocalist on Miles Davis's "The Sorcerer"
"JD Walter may be the most avant garde vocalist in jazz today... He creates meaningful shifts of emotions through extended improvisations, artfully bending elements of sound, pitch, and meaning. In addition, he uses electronic media to generate breathtaking harmonies and sonics…. Walter's innovative approach goes far beyond that of any other singer around today, yet adheres closely to the jazz idiom."- Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz
"I mean, he scats like nobody else. Comparisons fail me. He plays with long tones like Betty Carter, takes risks like Kurt Elling, possesses a velvety smoothness like Mel Torme, investigates wordless ululations like Milton Nascimento, croons with the confident serenity of a Nat Cole."- Bill Donaldson, JAZZ NEWS
“The really important thing is that starting from the first sound, JD captures the listeners attention and now they completely belong to him."- Maria Panteleyeva, Poinyl Jazz Report
“Throwing aside conformity and convention, he uses all sorts of vocal devices to provide a new perspective." - Dave Nathen, All Music Guide
“Walter...uses his voice as just another instrument in the ensemble, much as Betty Carter or Anita O'Day did. With his smoky sound, Walter wavers tones ever so slightly, comes in when he damned well feels like it to stretch the confines of a song, growls, moans, exclaims and jabs with uncanny pitch and right-on articulation...a gem of a performance...Walter realizing in a wordless vocal way, perhaps as Milton Nascimento does, the potential of the human voice for gripping the heart...let's hope that the word gets out about J.D. Walter's exceptional CD." - All About Jazz
“Those in the know have already checked out J.D. Walter, the Philly vocalist with the soaring improvisational style...The arrangements are impressive, too..." - Philadelphia City Paper
“Walter's artistry was entirely apparent, from his fearless scatting to his harmonically original reworking of standards." - Jazzreview.com, from a review of Jim Ridl's "Your Cheating Heart"