CD Outre Mer [Digipak] (CD 633660),
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Outre Mer [Digipak]

  • 1. Outremer
    2. Bear No Hair
    3. Machine, The
    4. Etienne
    5. Merpati
    6. Dream, The
    7. Antoine
    8. Circus
    9. Needles
    10. Dwarf, The
    11. Amanjiwo
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83640

  • Credits
    ProducerMike Napolitano; Garage A Trois
    EngineerMike Napolitano; Mike Napolitano

    Garage a Trois: Charlie Hunter (guitar); Sherik (saxophone); Mike Dillon (vibraphone, percussion); Stanton Moore (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Mike Napolitano.
    Liner Note Author: Klaus Tontine.
    Recording information: Galactic Studios.
    Conceived as the soundtrack to a French film that may or may not exist, OUTRE MER is the product of a live, in-studio acoustic session by the New Orleans-based jazz/funk ensemble Garage a Trois. Led by the virtuoso eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter (who fronts numerous other projects, including Groundtruther), GAT creates a chilled-out lounge vibe here, as Hunter's nuanced playing blends seamlessly with saxophonist Skerik's bold horn lines and the intricate rhythms of vibraphonist/percussionist Mike Dillon and drummer Stanton Moore.
    Throughout the album, Caribbean and Latin beats bounce off of Wes Montgomery-like fretwork and boisterous horn melodies. Although the music here can occasionally lean towards the experimental, everything is ultimately channeled into an entrancing groove, be it the dreamy title track, the shuffling "Antoine," or the moody closer "Amanjiwo." With its loose, freewheeling vibe, OUTRE MER is for those like their jazz playful, funky, and fearless.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.80) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Sherik's blues-inflected saxophone lines weave through the group's polyrhythms, providing just enough melody....A satisfying introduction to the quartet."
    JazzTimes (p.64) - "Serious grooves and varied sonics are the main attractions here..."
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