Montreal Saxophonist and Composer Cameron Wallis Releases his ﬁrst quartet CD as leader
Cameron Wallis – Soprano / Alto / Tenor / Baritone / C-Melody Saxophone
Andre White Piano ◆ Alec Walkington – Bass ◆ Dave Laing – Drums
“I 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, Saxophonist.
Montreal – March 26th, 2013 – Montreal Saxophonist, Cameron Wallis releases his ﬁrst quartet
CD as leader Calling Dexter on his new label MupohMusic. Cameron will be appearing at
Upstairs in Montreal on March 29th, 2012 at 8pm. The show will be streamed live on the web
via www.upstairsjazz.com. The Cove Inn in Westport on April 12th, 2012 at 8pm. The Rex in
Toronto on April 13th, 2012 at 9pm. GigSpace in Ottawa on April 14th, 2012 at 7pm.
Calling Dexter is a highly melodic, and swinging bebop album, reminiscent of classic recordings by Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and Sonny Stitt. 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.
The 10 tracks on the album include 5 Wallis originals and 5 timeless standards. 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.
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 Payday Loans 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.
About Cameron Wallis…
Cameron ﬁrst arrived in Montreal in 1997, directly out of high school from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He earned the degree Master of Music in jazz performance at McGill University, and has gone on to become a highly regarded performer, composer, and arranger on the Canadian and International music scenes. Wallis is perhaps best known for his four year tenure as musical director and arranger for Toronto vocalist Sophie Milman. He wrote all the Milman arrangements and contributed the original “Reste” (Stay) to her 2007 release “Make Someone Happy”, which earned a JUNO award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
Recently Cameron has become an integral member of the Susie Arioli band, performing and arranging on her latest release “All The Way”, on Spectra Musique, and continues to perform and record with a wide variety of artists in all genres. A short list of collaborators includes Jean Leloup, Nikki Yanofsky, Marc Hervieux, Vic Vogel, and the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra. Cameron has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel, Russia, Mexico, and Asia, and has performed in some of the worlds most prestigious venues, including Blue Note Jazz Clubs in NYC and Japan, Toronto’s Massey Hall, and the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
As co-founder of the group OneUpOneDown, Cameron has released two critically acclaimed CDs Preface (2005) and Straight to Plan B (2007). In 2010 he formed the wildly popular saxophone showcase band The Chateauguay Tenors which has gathered an international following through ﬁlm maker Randy Cole’s ongoing internet documentary Jazz, Period, and recently ﬁnished a sold out invitational concert series in Montreal that included Kind of Blue alumnus Jimmy Cobb and Baritone saxophone virtuoso Gary Smulyan.