For his 3rd release as a leader, (following Roots & Grooves (2009) and Let’s Do This (2006), the inquisitive, Haiti-descended, Montreal-born, Miami-based woodwind artist Jowee Omicil has chosen to pay homage to his elders and his broad cultural background.

In his warm, contemplative, way Omicil has produced a disc that reveals new gifts with each listen – stripped bare of pretence and sans frills. For the most part Naked is a program of compact, complete statements delivered in a spontaneous fashion that speaks to a certain freedom principle. “The sense of quietness and consecration that you hear comes from the dedication, intention and the target atmosphere that I wanted to capture,” Omicil suggests, achieving an unusual fellowship with his musicians.