Recorded in New York, with American sidemen, the 11 numbers in his new CD Share are the first that most of us will have heard of Trotignon, although he has released an album a year to growing acclaim in France since his debut in 2000. His piano playing is typically French in that romantic-but-not-quite-sentimental way and his work in the ensemble is a joy. At faster tempos, he generates a cool, uncluttered swing that brings out the best in his two main soloists, saxophonist Mark Turner and trumpeter Tom Harrell, here playing the mellow flugelhorn.
released June 30, 2009
Baptiste Trotignon - piano
Matt Penman - bass
Eric Harland - drums (1,3,8,11)
Otis Brown III - drums (2,4,5,6,9,10)
Tom Harrell - flugelhorn (2,4,7)
Mark Turner - tenor saxophone (2,4,6)