Critics Love ifatoba!

Review By Entertainment Journalist Jonathan Widran


“Talk about an album well worth the wait! Earnest Walker, Jr. took his own sweet time to come up with an exotically tinged smooth jazz concept album for the ages with the uniquely titled IFATOBA. Celebrating everything from glorious family bonds to the foundational culture and rhythms of Africa, the multi-talented saxophonist explores a wide range of sensual and funk-filled in the pocket urban jazz territory, but with numerous unexpected twists and powerful emotional expressions that showcase an ever-deeper artistry. Radio hits aside, it’s inspiring to see an artist so boldly incorporating family members and his heritage into the mix via compelling interludes that help tell his dynamic story”. 

--Jonathan Widran

 Jonathan Widran is a veteran music, entertainment and business news  journalist who has been a regular contributor, feature writer and  columnist for more than 15 years to numerous publications and websites,  including Music Connection, Jazziz, All Music Guide, Wine and Jazz, Downbeat,, and the Los Angeles Times.  Jonathan is also currently a voting member of The Recording Academy.