Maverick Magazine (UK)

Planet Solitaire – A six track EP showcasing the guitar mastery of this fine Californian musician.

Many Maverick readers will remember Walter Strauss from his previous UK tours accompanying singer songwriter Corinne West. The EP PLANET SOLITAIRE is to be released to coincide with the first solo UK tour by Walter and what a vibrant musical mix it is. African and North American influences abound on this collection of six tracks ranging from the opening instrumental Djimbaseh, a song that Walter learned from the legendary Malian kora player Mamadou Diabate to the tune Ishi, a homage to the last survivor of the Yahi tribe of North America.

Also covered is an instrumental version of the George Harrison penned Within You, Without You, written at a time when George was experimenting with Indian music and sound. Above all on this EP the guitar playing is what stands out the most and those of us who get a chance to witness Walter when he is playing shows in the UK during May and early June will be in for a real treat. – JC