We’ve been silent for a while, with the summer holidays and all, but now we’re back and happy to announce number 12 in our catalogue: ‘Opus#1’ of Matthias Van den Brande, one of the most prolific young saxophone players from Belgium.
Originally from Antwerp, Matthias now lives in Amsterdam (NL) where he was a student at the Conservatory up till recently. As the title clearly suggests, this is his debut album, with an ambitious project combining a (mainly) acoustic jazz quartet with a classical wind quintet. He arranged a repertoire of originals and some famous jazz tunes by Monk and Gershwin, with a strong sense of colour, balance and space. His warm and lyrical sound on both tenor and soprano, the overall beautiful, inspired and well-informed playing of himself and his band mates and a varied mix of influences from jazz, classical and Brazilian music make for a highly fascinating debut.
Release date will be October 10, and the official release concert will take place on October 19 in Splendor, Amsterdam. www.splendoramsterdam.com.
More info: www.matthiasvandenbrande.be