这是年轻的法国萨克手的第三张专辑， 同时获得了2007年的Django d'Or奖品
苏菲曾经是著名的罗达·斯科特四重唱里优秀的萨克斯风手， 后自主带领她自己的乐队，其中有 中音/高音萨克斯，贝司和鼓的三重奏。
Original Release Date: March 23, 2010
Label: Plus Loin Music
Copyright: 2009 Plus Loin Music
Total Length: 44:22
Label: Plus Loin Music – PL4524
Format: CD, Album
Style: Contemporary Jazz
Review by Hrayr Attarian
French saxophonist Sophie Alour's Opus 3 is not only her third album as a leader, it is also her first in a trio setting. The recipient of the French Django D'or award, Alour departs from the electric intensity of her previous release, Uncaged (Nocturne, 2007), to explore her voice as an instrumentalist. The 11 originals are tone poems bearing heavy western classical influences, with occasional peppering of other styles that showcase the leader on both tenor and soprano saxophones.
"Eloge du lointain" for example, has hints of Caribbean rhythms, with Alour's rapid-fire, staccato tenor enhancing the island ambience created by Karl Januska's rhythmic drums. Much like Sonny Rollins ' classic "St Thomas," she extends her improvisation far beyond the tune, although her sound is not as brassy as the legendary saxophonist, but rounder and more fluid.
There is not much distinction made on these tracks between the composed and the improvised. Alour's solos build on a basic foundation, but the final result is a musical construct that is quite imaginative and far-reaching. Her angular soprano on "Mystère et boule de gomme!" climbs logically up the scales and chords driven by Januska's propulsive drumming and anchored by Yoni Zelnik's resonant bass.
Alour's warm tenor blows softly over Zelnik's undulating notes on "Grekerna," its melancholic melody bearing hints of Eastern European music, while Zelnik's atonal pizzicato carries a conversation with Alour's unpredictable yet never out of place musical ideas on "Ode à Arthur Cravan." The stylistic angularity continues on "Haunted," featuring a lengthy tenor solo that is quite mellifluous with Januska's hyper-rhythmic drums bringing a rock sensibility to the piece.
Alour's fast lines add bop flavor to "Karlston," while the delightful cacophony that ends the march-like "Caprice" reflects Alour's more avant-garde side. The classical influences are most heard on the serpentine romantic song "En ton absence" and atmospheric and explorative sonata, "Petite anatomie du temps qui passe..."
Opus 3 is a more personal and more mature recording than Alour's previous two; although it lacks the energy and the excitement of her Uncaged, it is an intimate portrait of an artist with great promise.
Recorded At – Studios Ferber
Mixed At – Studios Ferber
Artwork – Atelier Puzzle/Rennes*
Bass – Yoni Zelnik
Composed By – Karl Jannuska (tracks: 9), Lonely People (tracks: 1), Nicolas Moreau (tracks: 6), Sophie Alour (tracks: 2-6, 8 & 9, 11)
Drums – Karl Jannuska
Engineer – Jeff Ginouvès
Engineer [Assistant] – Cécile Coutelier
Mastered By – Raphaël Jonin
Photography By [Cover] – Eva Pinsac
Photography By [Studio] – Thomas Brémont
Producer – Eric Legnini
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Sophie Alour
Recorded at Ferber Paris Studio A, Sept. 21-22, 2009
Mixed at Studio G Ferber, Oct. 26-27, 2009
Mastered in November 2009
Cardboard Sleeve (Digipak)
℗© 2009 Plus Loin Music
Sophie Alour - tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Yoni Zelnik - bass
Karl Jannuska - drums
01. Grekerna 4:23
02. Mystère Et Boule De Gomme ! 4:57
03. Eloge Du Lointain 5:11
04. Ode A Arthur Cravan 3:12
05. Haunted 5:04
06. Why People Always Laugh About Serious Things ? 5:24
07. Pensée Vagabonde 3:09
08. Caprice 3:01
09. Karlston 2:58
10. Petite Anatomie Du Temps Qui Passe... 3:03