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Offshore by Four Bags

The Four Bags’ Offshore CD is a mixed bag, throwing about jazz sensibilities, sleepy town Americana, an interesting interpretation of XTC‘s "Humble Daisy," and a couple of Frederic Chopin‘s mazurkas. Within the instrumentation lies the key to the CD’s success, as the trombone, accordion, guitar, saxophone and clarinet all blend to form a quirky folk song formula the tiptoes along the jazz periphery. All four members contributed compositions, which helped keep the CD from sounding repetitive. Actually, upon listening, I was amazed at how fast the CD seemed to end, as the music kept me quite captivated and away from any compulsory track counting. Graceful, tight, whimsical, these four guys play music like a band should sound.

On a personal note, this is my final review for JazzReview. I would like to thank Morrice for loving the music, all the great musicians for making the music, and all of the writers out there who, like myself, devote a lot of time making sure that the music is heard. May the music help us all through this crazy world.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Four Bags
  • CD Title: Offshore
  • Genre: Folk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: NCN East Records
  • Tracks: Humble Daisy, The Pioneers, The Brothers El-Sayed, You and I, Beach, Two Mazurkas, Ballad, Last Tango in NYC, Spop, Energy Plan, Wedding Piece, O.H. Aki
  • Musicians: Brian Drye (trombone), Tom Aldrich (accordion), Sean Moran (guitar) Michael McGinnis (saxophone and clarinet)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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