Over fifteen years and six albums, this tight-knit French jazz quartet has explored a wide range of subjects, offering their vision of everything from Baudelaire’s poems on their 2010 album “Upanishad Experiences” to the songs of The Doors on 2014's “Feast of Friends”. Performing original compositions written by the group’s saxophonist Samy Thiébault, the group has toured all over the world and is performing throughout France and in China this year in support of their new project “Rebirth”, out in Fall 2016. The album is like an impassioned self-portrait. The songs are inspired by the saxophonist’s Moroccan origins, by his childhood home of West Africa, and by the landscapes of South America, where the quartet has often played. These places are transfigured in the language of jazz, at once contemporary and modern. The result is a “rebirth” that it is personal and stylized, an affirmation of life and music that draws on the most intimate musical material that Thiébault has to offer. This album is also an opportunity to work with the great trumpeter Avishai Cohen, who has presented at the recording sessions.
About Samy Thiébault Born in the Ivory Coast to teachers, Samy Thiébault received a traditional musical education at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux before entering the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris to study jazz. While studying music, he obtained a Master’s degree in philosophy, with high honors, from the Sorbonne. Samy came to jazz a little late compared to the others, but he worked like crazy. The saxophone sound of him is very powerful and bright and he has created a world that only belongs to him through his music. He also collaborates regularly on dance, theatre and cinema projects and is a professor at the Choisy-le-Roi conservatory near Paris. He has played with the French jazz guitarist Cristian Escoudé, jazz singer Gregory Porter and many others.