The Blue Land Matthieu Bordenave

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  • 1La porte entrouverte05:43
  • 2The Blue Land05:21
  • 3Compassion05:32
  • 4Cyrus03:41
  • 5Refraction04:42
  • 6Distance04:01
  • 7Three Four06:04
  • 8Timbre04:41
  • 9Three Peaks04:16
  • Total Runtime44:01

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For the follow-up of his ECM-leader-debut La traversée, French saxophonist Matthieu Bordenave expands his trio of German pianist Florian Weber and French bassist Patrice Moret with the unique sensibilities of drummer James Maddren, whose unrelenting pulse adds deft counterpoint to the group’s already idiosyncratic sound. Besides the soulfully angular rendering of John Coltrane’s “Compassion”, the quartet tackles eight Bordenave-originals that bridge the gap between chamber-jazz dynamics and post-swing designs. Weber and Bordenave’s oblique approach to their instruments – Bordenave can be heard on both tenor and soprano sax – coalesce seamlessly, spinning unanticipated lines over a highly interactive rhythm section. The Blue Land was recorded in Pernes-Les-Fontaines in 2022, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

Matthieu Bordenave, tenor saxophone
Florian Weber, piano
Patrice Moret, double bass
James Maddren, drums

Matthieu Bordenave
is a French saxophonist and clarinetist, who is currently based in Munich, Germany. Born in 1983 in Southern France, he began his early musical studies with classical saxophonist Christian Charnay and with Thierry Girault (jazz) in Annecy, before he moved to Paris at the age of 17, where he continued to work with André Villéger. He entered the national conservatory (CNSM), studying in its department of jazz and improvised music. His workshops teachers in Paris included Chris Potter, Louis Sclavis, Paolo Fresu, Marc Johnson and bass-clarinetists Jean-Marc Volta and Philippe-Olivier Deveaux. His musical education continued at the Musikhochschule of Munich where he graduated with a Master of Music, he also received the DAAD Prize during his studies.

He has performed with some of most outstanding musicians including Lee Konitz, Rudi Mahall, Yaron Herman, Henning Sieverts, Florian Weber, Shinya Fukumori, Peter O'Mara, Geoff Goodman.

On Enja Records he releases two albums with his trio “Le Café Bleu International” as well as in quartet with “Terre de Sienne”.

He also records an album with the American guitarist Geoff Goodman: "Inverted Forest" on Doublemoon Records. In 2018, he makes his debut on the legendary label ECM Records with the Shinya Fukumori Trio.

His leader debut album “La traversée” (2020) on ECM records received enthusiastic reviews.

“Matthieu Bordenave has established himself as one of the outstanding figures of contemporary European jazz. His tone paintings are timeless pictures of enchanting beauty and power.” (ARD – German national broadcast)

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