New CD released!
Montreal Saxophonist, Cameron Wallis has released his ﬁrst quartet CD, Calling Dexter, as leader on his new label MupohMusic.
Calling Dexter is a hard swinging, straight ahead jazz album. The 10 tracks include 5 Wallis originals and 5 timeless standards. The concept for this album was to achieve an authentic sound reminiscent of classic albums by Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and Sonny Stitt. The arrangements cut straight to the point, and the music is melodic, swinging, and without ﬁller. Recorded on September 16th & 18th, 2011, by Montreal impresario George Doxas, the album was captured ʻdirect to tapeʼ. No post-production editing or corrections were done to ensure an authentic and honest jazz sound. The concert goer who hears this album will know exactly what to expect when they attend a live performance.
The album boasts the Canadian All-Star rhythm section of Andre White on piano, Alec Walkington on bass, and Dave Laing on Drums. This in-demand trio has played together for over 20 years, backing up a veritable who’s who of jazz icons, including Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and Slide Hampton, and lends their tight, cohesive support to Wallis.
Highlights of the album include the hard hitting title track “Calling Dexter”, for which Wallis cites the opening bass line from Dexter Gordon’s 1965 classic, “Devilette”; “3” a beautifully crafted waltz with ever decreasing “A” sections that was inspired by pianist Bill Evans; and the gorgeous ballad “402 E. 116th St.”, paying homage to the music of Billy Strayhorn, as well as a two year love affair that had Wallis traveling often between Montreal and East Harlem.
Wallis fearlessly attacks the 10 tracks on 5 different saxophones, a diverse collection of vintage horns that he takes pride in. Most notably, the closing track “Blowing Sunshine” showcases a rarely heard C-Melody saxophone, an instrument that hasnʼt been manufactured in over 80 years! Again, the goal here is not perfection, but rather, humility and depth of character.
From the highest echelon of musicianship in Montreal, we have a real listening experience. Cameron Wallis cuts a powerful one-pass through this recording, and reminds us what real talent is. Unbroken and uncompromised. – Allan McLean