Four Free - Offshots (2016)

Offshots

Four Free
Offshots
2016
CD, Édition AMOC, AMOC739703515080

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1) Mirrored
2) Bus for the mad
3) Blues 22
4) Offshots
5) Blue nights
6) Prioritary Eater
7) Static quo
8) Two slavic dances
9) Wise doubts
10) Looking for sausages

FOUR FREE is a fine mixture of fun and sophistication. Chris Jarrett's quartet shines with elegance and thoughtfulness. The compositions range in style from the dance­-like through something like modern chamber music to jazz and free, unharnessed improvisations.

Is it about a shot which misses its target? Photos taken in secret and which may not be exposed? Something hybrid, or polarized or inverted? Stories of evolution, transformation and common origin? In the end, it could refer to the obvious lack of «showiness» in the music; the relaxed and the spontaneous, the sincere and the real, the expressiveness which includes all facets of human nature.

The music is full of hymns and humor (even the "bad­-mannered" kind) with influences ranging from Bartok through Mingus and from William Byrd to the very contemporary. And then we are unceremoniously plunged into darkness, incapable of running away from a new surprise.