Michael Cameron Quartet
Don't discount Oklahoma as a producer of original modern jazz. This release features some of the state's most ambitious musicians: Michael Cameron as leader, composer and saxophonist, Canadian born Scott McQuade on piano, New York bound bassist Ed Garcia, the maniacal percussionist Jared Johnson, and the sultry sounds of Olivia Duhon on vocals. The album showcases the leader's compositional talents in the styles of modern jazz to Afro-Cuban to funk and gives a nod to mainstream music with covers from Radiohead, Roberta Flack and Billy Strayhorn. Hard to pin down in one musical category, The Michael Cameron Quartet explores music from a multitude of genres while keeping one foot in the roots of Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Mongo Santamaria, and Sonny Rollins.