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Outre Mesure


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.48 | 6 ratings

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4 stars This is not my comfort zone. By that I do mean that to write about a jazz outfit is not within my comfort zone. I love listening to it, I enjoy very much the musicianship, the tunes and the overall experience. But as I am by no means a connoisseur I feel I may write something silly, not correct, but I'll try anyway. I've decided to go for a descriptive and personal view, with less emphasis on what to compare the music to, what styles dominate it.

As for the music, it lies very well within my comfort zone. This zone is quite wide and is open to most styles, genres, sounds and inclinations. They go beyond the medium of jazz to include experimental sounds and approaches (Il RŰde Toujours) as well as rock elements. The music of Outre Mesure, a jazz outfit, goes from the quiet and peaceful to the hectic, distorted and crazy; from cool and focused to free style and frenzied. It is a very dynamic album; featuring a progressive process of theme developments, alongside showcasing the musicians' abilities and letting loose their passionate playing.

And indeed they do shine here. Listen to the drumming by Charles Duytschaever, which seems to go insane at times but provides wonderful and suitable rhythm (listen to the 4th minute on Les Dieux En Face Des Trous); listen to the guitar playing of Jean-Louis Morais which either plays a very focused and powerful lead or just straddles along nonchalantly; listen to the bombastic sounding trumpet by Marc DosiŤre, though it can also be delicate sounding (for instance on Les Dieux En Face Des Trous and Il RŰde Toujours); the bass played by Olivier Verhaeghe is calculated, meticulous and effective; the tenor sax of JťrŰme Roselť which can sound as smooth as silk, desperate as a man in need (Il RŰde Toujours around 2:20) or raunchy as an army assault.

I particularly like the balance between the seemingly spontaneous flashes of sounds, like the sax and trumpet smooth moves and the composed structured bits that still flow with ease forward. The balance between the soft and calm jazzy "waters" to the stormy and chaotic segments where full madness takes over, where the sax and guitar are roaming free, spilling their sound content all over, yet still very much in tune with the music. Chaos under control so to speak. All of this brings me to my conclusive part; this is a highly enjoyable and fun album to listen to. It serves as a great chill-out record, with variety in styles, tempo and moods, good musicianship and free spirit that I very much appreciate.

avestin | 4/5 |


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