"Few Bay Area musicians have done more to push fusion in creative directions in recent decades than Schnalle"
Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mecury News October 2015

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"Wally Schnalle fuses head and heart like few other musicians working today - making the abstract accessible, the complex communal, and delivering deep, soulful grooves with an effortlessness that belies their often fiercely technical foundations" Dave Constantin, DRUM! Magazine
"Fierce modern jazz chops.." Adam Budofsky , Modern Drummer
Lightning fast licks, sleight-of-hand stickwork or pummeling power displays—Wally Schnalle is capable of doing all those things and more. What sets him apart from the pack, however, is his unerring musicality, his ability to make his drums speak in multiple tongues—fluently. Most importantly, he is committed to musical growth.” Nicky Baxter, The Metro, San Jose, California
“Schnalle grooves with grit and grace.....Schnalle’s quartet is awesome.” Chuck Berg ,JazzTimes
“this is major league jazz played with verve, dedication and a whole lot of talent.” Dick Bogle, The Skanner, Seattle/Portland
“Sultry and seductive, these percussion based tunes are sly and tricky.” Babysue, Atlanta
“Schnalle is a serious force on drums. He plays with terrific energy and the kind of controlled abandon needed to propel his hard- driving compositions.” Joel Roberts AllAboutJazz.com
“Schnalle is a powerful drummer who can get in tight behind a soloist and enhance without getting in the way.”Robert Tate, JazzNow
“One of the few drummers that can drive around all sides of the beat.” The Davis Enterprise, Davis, California 

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Idiot Fish Critics 

"Ever wonder what would have happened if Josef Zawinul had teamed with  Pat Metheny instead of Wayne Shorter to form Weather Report? I think it would sound a lot like this hot album by drummer Wally Schnalle."
                        Greorge Harris, JazzWeekly
 
“Idiot Fish” is a dramatic assault on the outposts of fusion who many considered abandoned. In fact, fusion remains alive and kicking on this album with Schnalle and company kicking it hard. Schnalle knows how to write it and this band most assuredly knows how to play it.”
                        Travis Rogers, JazzTimes
 
“Wally Schnalle has created a new level of sound for the next generation, stunning!”
                        Brent Black, criticaljazz.com
 
“About as avant garde and creative as jazz gets”
                        Grady Harp, Amazon.com
Aug14

Wally Schnalle's Idiot Fish 3

San Jose Jazz Festival

Cafe Stritch Stage

Sep9

Wally Schnalle's Idiot Fish 3

Poorhouse Bistro

Sep10

Wally Schnalle's Idiot Fish 3

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Asian Tour

Hong Kong Jazz Festival JZ Jazz Club Beishan International Jazz Fest Bangkok Jazz Festival

Nov17

Wally Schnalle "Moanin" Art Blakey Tribute

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