Fort Worth Native Quamon Fowler detours through South Louisiana and provides a funky soulful set of originals.
Quamon Fowler, student of the renowned jazz teacher Dr. Alvin Batiste at Southern University of Baton Rouge, steps out into the electrons with a contemporary jazz/neo-Hard Bop offering in Introducing Quamon Fowler. This maiden voyage is populated with smartly constructed, hook-filled compositions that showcase Fowler's tightly-focused, ultra-dense tone contrasted against the ethereal back drop of Arlington Jones' Fender Rhodes and/or Joey Carter's vibraphone. Fowler is well-schooled in Hard Bop as well as R&B. His playing betrays only a small nod to John Coltrane, choosing instead a more Michael Brecker meets David Sanborn direction. Introducing ... is what Hard Bop would sound like had it waited 40 years to be born. "Eternal Moments" and "Inner Me" are the best of the lot, but the lot are all mighty fine. Fowler's blues playing is well represented on "D-Town Blues", which expand the definition of that old 12-bar format in a most enjoyable and unexpected way. A fine young talent deserving of greater recognition.
This critic's only hope would be that a label, any label, would pick up Mr. Fowler and nurture his talent.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.