Maxime has enjoyed quite a career as the leader of his bands, namely the Maxime Bender 4tet, the Maxime Bender Orchestra and the Maxime Bender Group featuring David Binney. The style within these projects varies greatly from more spontaneous and free with the quartet to written and arranged with the big band. He takes advantage of the different natures of these projects to showcase his different facets as a composer and a leader. He has released a number of albums, the most recent being “Path of Decision” under the French label Laborie, the latest recording of the Maxime Bender 4tet.
Today, Maxime is well known in the jazz scene of Europe, having played at several of Europe’s biggest festivals, such as Jazz à Vienne (France), Calvi Jazz Festival (France), Ghent Jazz Festival (Belgium), Gaume Jazz festival (Belgique), Edinburgh Jazz Festival (Scotland), Bratislava Jazz Festival (SK), Kaunas Jazz Festival (Lithuania), Leverkusener Jazztage (Germany), Burghausen Jazzfestival (Germany), Jazz Festival Agadir & Tanger (Maroc) and Athens Jazz Festival (Greece) as well as many clubs and other venues across Europe.
Maxime has also had the chance to share the stage with a number of great musicians throughout his career such as DeeDee Bridgewater, Nigel Kennedy , Donny McCaslin, Lalo Shifrin, George Duke, David Binney, Will Vinson, Grace Evora, BAP, Wolfgang Niedecken, Philipp van Endert, Pablo Held, Frederik Köster, Sebastian Sternal and Jonas Burgwinkel to name only a few.
Maxime constantly seeks to evolve, be it as an instrumentalist or as a composer. Maxime has build a network around his own production company, MB Productions, and with a number of partners throughout Europe working on management, booking, distribution, press and more, Maxime is always ready to take his music one step further and bring it closer to an ever growing audience.
“The kind of record one knows one will come back to.”
– Frank Bergerot, Jazz Magazine France
“It’s a real treat… Jazz quartet reinvented.”
– Jazzpodium Germany
“The quartet of saxophonist Maxime Bender … A true maturity and a consuming desire to do battle with the best.”
– Alex Dutilh, France Musique, Open Jazz
“The top of contemporary jazz.”
“This new masterpiece is fresh, spontaneous, full of free expression and communication.”
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