Umami Quartet take their name from the fifth flavour, which is not really well recognized or well-defined here in the West. Their music, on the other hand, is a serving of well-crafted and groovy contemporary Jazz, which will put a smile on any Jazz lover's face.
Opening with the theatrical 'Rosh Hashana' (the Jewish new year celebration), which metamorphoses into a sizzling saxophone solo, the album oscillates between the melodic and thoughtful tenderness of 'Phetal' and 'Weak Branch' and the aggressive dark moods of pieces like 'Three Shots of Whiskey' and the closing 'Riga Heels'.
Comprised of four of Israel's impressive young Jazz talents, this recording is their début as a group.
released December 31, 2011
Saxophone // Arnan Raz
Guitar // Eran Vertzberger
Bass // Noam Elron
Drums // Noam Israeli
Percussion on track (3) // Joca Perpignan
All selections written by Eran Vertzbeger; except for tracks 3 and 8, written by Noam Elron.
Recorded and mixed by Uri Barak at Kicha Studios, September-October 2010. Mastered by Bob Katz at Digital Domain.
Produced by Eran Vertzberger and Noam Elron.
Art & Design: Sarit Evrani
This project received support from the Israel Ministry of Culture