“Most decisions are made in the context of experiences, situations, people, or personal beliefs. They lead to us becoming the people we are, at best, happier and better people. With improvised music, the decision is part of the game. From the notes you choose to play to the story you want to tell. The decisions you take have an immediate effect on the song and the musicians you play with. One could say that we are always and everywhere looking for the perfect moment (however imperfect it may be), which always leads us to a different decision. “- m.b.
With FOLLOW THE EYE the Maxime Bender Quartet takes a bold step and definitely moves away from the typical jazz routine as we've come to know it. The safety of the usual harmonic and rhythmic structures that usually shape a jazz 4tet's identity and behavior are dissolved and recycled into something fresher, freer, newer and certainly more exciting, opening up new spaces of spontaneous composition, direct and instant musical communication, always aiming for a totally uninhibited flow of creative energy.