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Outre Mesure: Abacadaë

Outre Mesure are a French quintet consisting of Marc Dosière (trumpet, bugle), Jérôme Roselé (tenor saxophone), Jean-Louis Morais (guitar), Olivier Verhaeghe (bass) and Charles Duytschaever (drums). This is a free form jazz band taking a more avant-garde approach and always heading towards the experimental side of spectrum with maybe even a touch of RIO thrown into the mix. This is not easy music to 'get' so some patience may be required. If you like your music chaotic, with lots of tempo changes, discordant rhythms and intricate patterns this just may be what the doctor ordered. Listening to this album has been quite a change from my usual helping of prog rock and metal and one that I found to be quite refreshing but still has to grow on me. Clearly influenced by the likes of Henry Cow, Soft Machine and King Crimson this music is quite innovative and one never knows where the next note will take you. I usually like my music a tad more on the melodic side of things but considering the genre this is very well done.

Clearly the musicianship is second to none, as is the case with many jazz artists. The album begins with "Hu Blu Bin", eleven minutes of sporadic piano flourishes, wild saxophone and trumpet and discordant rhythms filling spaces at the most unexpected of times. I suppose you could call this jazz at its most progressive, which is true for much of the album. Strains of sax and trumpet add a certain flair to "Les Dieux En face Des Trous", another experimental offering. The short "Petite Douceur" allows us to catch our breath if only for an instant as it takes a mellower approach with a plodding of brass sounds and piano chords. The slow blues of "Il Rôde Toujours" offers a nice melody before a cacophony of chaotic sounds enters the fold, never allowing the listener to become too complacent. "Course Épique" features some fine drumming by Duytschaever with his intricate fills and odd metered patterns. His playing is excellent throughout.

So there you have it. For those of you who like your jazz to push the envelope there should be plenty here to sink your teeth into. For the rest of you check out the samples and decide for yourself. You just might have discovered something.

Track Listing:
1. Hu Blu Bin (11:56)
2. Les Dieux En Face Des Trous (6:44)
3. Petite Douceur (1:36)
4. Il Rôde Toujours (5:06)
5. Course Épique (10:36)
6. Ôde Au Raboteur Flamand (8:26)
7. Abacadaë (10:13)

Added: August 10th 2009
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's MySpace Page
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Language: english

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