Jowee Omicil Roots and Grooves
By: Andrew Reeves
November 1, 2010
Jowee Omicil is more than just a consummate musician. The Montreal born saxophonist with roots in Haiti lives and breathes his craft. It is part of his DNA; intertwined in an upbringing inspired by a dedication to hard work, and a determination to live life to the fullest. Despite his many varied accomplishments – including a stint as a grade school teacher and university professor – Jowee’s innate humility and gratitude accent every aspect of his blossoming career.
Roots and Grooves, released November 2, 2010 is as much a part of Jowee as his own flesh and blood. Recorded in early 2008, the record includes a collection of original material; some of which made it to the album in a single take. “I’m very spontaneous,” Jowee says of his artistic process. “I name it, claim it, and play it.” This simple, straightforward philosophy is the driving force behind a body of work that is set to take the music world by storm.
Infused with a delicate balance of jazz, fusion and gospel, Roots and Grooves beckons the listener to pause and savor the fresh energy of the music. Some tunes will draw you to the dance floor. Others will foster a renewed appreciation for the rich cultural heritage to which Jowee pays homage. Inspired by the likes of David Sanborn, Kenny G, and the late trumpeter Lee Morgan, Jowee continually strives for perfection. “I’m very critical of my playing,” he expresses. “I’m constantly critiquing my sound.”
Jowee Omicil is much more than just the man behind the melody. He is an avid sports fan and voracious reader who believes in the power of living in the moment. He rises with a prayer each morning, and then goes right to the instruments. Describing himself as a “mobile composer” who writes constantly, the creative vision brought to bear on Roots and Grooves is but one example of this artist’s endeavor to leave behind a “manuscript” for the next generation.
His vision for the future is simple, yet profound. “I could do music till I die!” Those inspired by his message and his music, wouldn’t have it any other way.
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