By Ron Shepherd, Textura

New York-based flutist Itai Kriss titled the tracks on his third album with his Telavana ensemble after the signs of the Zodiac, with each composition his attempt to translate a sign’s character into sonic form. That’s certainly as good a concept as any to facilitate the creation of musical material, but in truth no familiarity with astrology is needed for Supermoon to be enjoyed and appreciated. Of greater import is how strikingly Kriss integrates echoes of Middle Eastern and Caribbean music into his Latin-jazz mix, the result a heady, vital potpourri. However much on paper the blend looks unusual, the performances on the seventy-one-minute set sound unforced and organic. Read this review here.

 

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