Not only do we love us some Stevie Wonder here at FMF, but we welcome a decent Stevie cover as well. Super session guitarist David T. Walker, born in Tulsa, OK but schooled in the Watts section of Los Angeles, CA has come up with a good one. Walker is a session man you have never heard of but definitely have heard ifyaknowhutimean. Walker has played sideman on some of the most influential and classic records of our time. These include Donald Byrd’s Ethiopian Knights, Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man and Let’s Get It On, The Jackson 5’s ABC (among others), and other great releases by Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Marlena Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Bobbi Humphrey and more. With a large amount of releases as a band leader, his popularity in the Jazz, Funk, and Soul circles worldwide helped his music grow in Japan later on in his career as a guitarist in the band Dreams Come True (not that he needed the help). It’s not a coincidence that Walker chose “Superstition” as a side from his 1973 Press On release on Ode Records. In fact, Walker played on Innervisions as well as Where I’m Coming From with Wonder, so he knew some of Stevie’s catalog.
This funky, guitar driven cover is just what you need on a Monday. Walker enlisted help from Jerry Peters on keyboards, Joe Sample on sax, Ernie Watts on trumpet, and Oscar Brashear on percussion on this side. Walker has played on so many funky releases, it’s no wonder he kills it on this cover. With a broad spectrum of performers he played with, musicians such as Melvin Van Peebles, Willie Hutch, Cheech and Chong (yes you heard it right), Lou Rawls, along with television, movie and commercial credits, Walker has planted himself firmly as one of the most versatile guitar players of our time. That being said, most wouldn’t know him by name. Now you do. Go find some of these releases he has been on, you will not be sorry and your music collection will be better for it.