Sophie Alour Quintet “Joy” *
SOFIE ALOUR – tenor sax/flute
ABDALLAH ABOZEKRY – saz/vocals
DAMIEN ARGENTIERI – piano/ accordeon
PHILIPPE AERTS – double bass
DONALD KONTOMANOU – drums
Sophie Alour learned the saxophone as a self-taught, after studying clarinet at the Quimper School of Music. It is on stage, in vivo, that she learns jazz and very quickly, in 2000, she is engaged in the big band “the Vintage Orchestra” which brings together the finest of her generation. In the same year, she created a sextet with Stéphane Belmondo and joined Christophe Dal Sasso’s big band who recorded the album “Ouverture” (Nocturne).
A new step was taken when Rhoda Scott hired her in 2004 to form her quartet. The same year she played in Wynton Marsalis’ big band and participated in Aldo Romano’s project. In 2005, she recorded her critically acclaimed debut album “Insulaire” (Nocturne). She is invited to participate in several recordings and can be found on Alexandre Saada’s albums “Be where you are” and “Panic circus” as well as on the album of Rhoda Scott’s Lady quartet.
In 2018 her sixth album, “Time For Love”, will be released, bringing together Stéphane Belmondo, Glenn Ferris, David El Malek, André Ceccarelli, Alain Jean Marie, Sylvain Romano, Rhoda Scott, Laurent Coq and the classical quintet Allegria around standards and timeless melodies, sung notably by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday or Shirley Horn. Sophie Alour is nominated in the Artist of the Year category for this record and is elected “Spedidam generation”. The same year she was invited to join Leon Parker’s quartet alongside bassist Or Bareket and Fréderic Nardin on piano.
After a return to her roots with the standards album “Time For Love”, I felt like taking a leap into the unknown. Enriching his sound palette with an oriental instrument such as the oud, forced him to take a side road, to find a language, free from the aesthetic codes of jazz, freed from the conventions of the genre. The oud is a thousand-year-old instrument, which puts the soul in vibration with another world, and which by its very construction, marks the writing and imposes to find a meeting point, for lack of having a common language.