love of the Beatles, have firm roots in jazz and have a penchant for
adventure. The first meeting was decisive and a band was born.
The recording session began with 45 minutes of uninterrupted improvising that
set the tone for three days of relaxed, spontaneous music making. “
Watershred”, the CD’s opening track, captures the first moments of this
improvisation that began before some of the musicians knew the tape was
Literally, a watershed is a turning point - a moment when everything changes
and, for these four musicians, key players in a new generation of jazz in
France, this band has a brand new feeling. It is a band in which everyone
plays an equal role of leader and sideman.
The Watershed’s combined resumé is as impressive as it is diverse having
performed with musicians including Michel Legrand, Carla Bley, Orchestre
National de Jazz, Brad Mehldau, Lee Konitz, Lionel Loueke, Vincent Peirani, Kurt Rosenwinkel,
Fredrika Stahl, Mark Turner, Randy Brecker and Steve Lehman. Individually they have toured all over the world and have played in pretty much every possible venue in France. In 2015 they
founded the label Shed Music to house their individual and collective projects.