TAYLOR BARNETT RELEASES
NEW DOUBLE QUARTET ALBUM:
2 FOR ONE

 

Taylor Barnett Two Quartets: 2 For One is an exploration of the compositional and arranging possibilities for jazz quartet.

For this project, Barnett drew on the long tradition of jazz quartets and their two categories of instrumentation: 

  • Single horn or voice + rhythm section (i.e. John Coltrane Quartet)

  • Two horns + bass and drums (i.e. Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker Quartet, Ornette Coleman Quartet)

These two permutations each offered particular opportunities and challenges for Barnett as arranger/composer. The single horn + guitar, bass, drums quartet offers more chordal possibilities. Pieces such as “For Now” and “On the Zone” are harmonically driven and generally homophonic in texture (melody with accompaniment). 

The two horn + bass and drums quartet lends itself to contrapuntal writing, with the trumpet and saxophone able to play two independent lines over the bass. “The Other Side” exemplifies this type of writing. The challenge for this instrumentation is to invoke a sense of harmonic fullness, with only three pitches at any time, “For Kenny” (dedicated to the late British flugelhornist/composer Kenny Wheeler) is a beautiful example.

To drive home the distinction between the two quartets, Barnett recorded the blues “2 For One” with both groups.