A big welcome to the Itamar Erez & The Adama Ensemble’s! They burn brisk, tuneful and freshly blend distinct jazz styles coupled with improvisational spaces. This project has been strongly supported by the Canada Music Fund and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts and it should certainly appeal to a wide jazz fan base.
Tonny Nickels criminally burns on "La Juderia". Itamar Erez’s compositions (except for "Morenica"--a traditional Jewish song--) are filled with wide interval bounds and leitmotif advancement, faithfully painting his musical concepts. Bassist, Laurence Mollerup creates original ostinatos shaping euphonic spaces on "Prelude", "La Juderia", "African Dream", "Autumn Will", "Morning Song", "The Path", "Sheva", "The Return", "Morenica".
Stefan Cihelka, Jonathan Bernard and Emad Armoush’s array of beats and sounds are originally incessant and innovative.
The cohesiveness of Itamara Erez skills on the strings is a true delight on "Isidore", not to mention his particular piano and synth input on "The Path". Desert Song is majestic in scope in exploring a wide varieties of modern jazz styles, flamenco and even visiting gypsy music, all rooted in Oriental traditions with wonderful touches of improvisation. Over all, this album conveys great music which without a doubt must be highly recommended.