|.O.M.A. California Outside Music Associates inspired by the influences of Ornette Coleman and world music, blend sound creating a free expressive music. Originating from backgrounds in music education and performance, their styles have ranged from classical to modern rock and everything in between. Dax Compise and Brian Clark are both graduates of the Conservatory at the University of the Pacific (UOP), and John Vaughn has a bachelors and masters degree in music as well as a long history of working the east coast and mid-west jazz scenes. Their debut CD on Edgetone features original composition featuring their unique explorations and solid music traditions.
"...a breath of fresh air in a torrid afternoon in that car graveyard which is jazz today."
- MASSIMO RICCI
"…a sense of swing and some downright catchy tunes. Indeed, their approach is an important aspect of much new "outside" jazz, which seeks a rapproachment between trad and modern, as well as incorporating a sense of other styles, such as funk and rock. All of this blends into a musical stew that is tasty as well as spicy.”
- Christian Carey, Splendid