Free-jazz pianist Sergi Sirvent releases Free Quartet, his debut offering of jazz improvisation, but also three Ornette Coleman compositions, which is unique in the fact that this young jazz artist is interpreting compositions not originally intended for piano. A bold move indeed. His style is of unique, sometimes isolated phrasing and interesting chordal changes, which he successfully applies to selected Coleman melodies. The music in fact, is mostly improvisational, not originally intended to be recorded.
While in the studio (Estudis Moraleda in Barcelona) Sirvent, along with Esteban Hernandez on bass and Daniel Dominduez and Joe Smith on drums, were only experimenting for fun, when the sessions became interesting to all players involved and progressed into a recorded session. When entering the studio, Sirvent had some song ideas with no more structure than a melody that proceeded to be worked out and built upon with the help of his friends while recording.
Estiban Hernandez stands out and shines throughout the set with interesting bass lines that punctuate the melody effectively. Some of the tracks are more structured than others. The opening "J-zone" builds upon some interesting piano structure and features some tasty vocal scatting, while other tracks such as "For Colores" and "Space Is The Place" are clearly jam sessions that are played openly to allow improvisation to seep in and take over. Experimental perhaps, but Free Quartet makes positive use of some extra studio time with Jordi Vidal, a wonderful producer and engineer in his own right.