Matthieu Mazué – We Stay Still (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 56:07 minutes | 610 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Jazzdor Series
We Stay Still is Mathieu Mazué Trio’s intriguing follow up to Cortex (2021). The album, made up entirely of original compositions and presented with as much discipline as freedom, passes the idea of ‘through-composed’ momentum.“White Fields” is launched with demonstrative, poignant piano playing; shivering in the way Mazué employs intervals and surfaces. The bassist Xaver Rüegg, whose notes notably lock in with the drummer Michael Cina’s drive, delivers a sophisticated if enigmatic solo, benefitting from apt piano support in the upper registers. Roughly felt as a haunting dirge, this piece bears some similar qualities as “Au Plus Profond Des Steppes”, where we find some volatility in the footprint and accuracy in the rhythmic accents; the enigmatic tones turning it picturesque and slightly labyrinthine in the side paths.
The trio gives it all on “Supply Chains”, whose rhythmic ferociousness will probably make your head and feet move back and forth. It’s like if punk rock had met electronic music with a marvelously inventive touch. The confident alliance between the bassist and the drummer paves the way, with the two-hand dexterity of Mazué’s incursions fanning out across the surface. “Knocks” can also be frenetic, vigorous and complex, but alternates moods via more meditative atmospheres.
Tension-filled blocks are constituent of “Dislocation”, revealing a modern kind of swing with breaks and abrupt runs, whereas “Shells” denotes a more conventional swinging flow that empowers Rüegg and Cina to trade fours with a conversant disposition.
Cerebral but with a loose fluidity, “Standing Black Shape” is the longest track of the record, lasting more than 12 minutes. Despite the systemic approach, the journey is eventful, ending up in a motivic concentration of sound.
Mazué’s modernist trio has a lot to give to contemporary jazz, unwrapping inspirations and talking idioms of their own creation.
1-1. Matthieu Mazué – White Fields (06:42)
1-2. Matthieu Mazué – Au plus profond des steppes (05:01)
1-3. Matthieu Mazué – Supply Chains (06:44)
1-4. Matthieu Mazué – Sentiers (02:53)
1-5. Matthieu Mazué – Dislocation (04:04)
1-6. Matthieu Mazué – A Standing Black Shape (12:16)
1-7. Matthieu Mazué – Knocks (07:01)
1-8. Matthieu Mazué – Shells (06:19)
1-9. Matthieu Mazué – Prototype monolithe (05:02)