Focusing on original compositions and inventive interpretations of music from the popular and jazz canons, the Mike Caudill Quartet features an instrumentation that lacks a chord-providing instrument, such as piano or guitar. This instrumentation offers a spacious and open musical texture, which has been utilized by artists for decades, from Sonny Rollins’ Way Out West (1957) to the trio work on Joshua Redman’s Back East (2007), for example.
With a second horn, the group continues the tradition of “chordless” sax and trumpet groups like the Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker collaborations of the early 1950s up to the more recent horn collaborations of Mark Turner/Avishai Cohen, for instance.
Continuing the tradition of “2 horns, no chords”, the group creates its own spin by fusing harmonic and rhythmic elements of many genres. Because of this, the band labels its music “acoustic progressive jazz”, which builds on the strength of satisfying melodies with ample space for improvisation and exploration. The excitement of the music is in the surprisingly wide range of paths the group can take by sounding only three musical notes at a time.
Influenced deeply by the jazz tradition, Mike also cites Rock, Folk, and Classical genres among his inspirations, and his arrangements reflect these varied interests. The group will perform original and arranged jazz works inspired by new popular music idioms as equally as the swinging classics and haunting ballads recorded throughout jazz’s vibrant history.