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.
This album is all about the evolution of interplay - from the Trio and its playing, to the recording itself. The music is smooth, free flowing, jazz played to the highest standards… This is a very pleasant album that should appeal to all those who have heard and love the great jazz issued by the Mapleshade label.
Taurus is the name used by the talented Chilean multi-instrumentalist Claudio Momberg who after a successful career in bands as Seti, Caamora and Subterra released three excellent albums edited by Mylodon Records. Like Mike Oldfield and Vangelis before him, Claudio plays all the instruments, but to make it even more impressive, also produced all the albums. It was not a surprise to discover that his music was fluid and elegant with a unique style product of his dexterity with all the instruments. Recommended for fans of orchestral and instrumental Prog.
…But what stands out is the overall sound, the brightness and energy of the ensemble, the often rapid yet appropriate tempi. All that depends on a conductor who truly understands the music. This memorable recording is a must for lovers of Handel’s instrumental music. This bargain re-release makes it even more attractive - this is a disc to snap up right away.