Amit Friedman Sextet, Sunrise

Dave Sumner

By Dave Sumner

on 12.03.12 in Reviews

Creating his own mix of jazz and Middle Eastern music, saxophonist Amit Friedman offers a debut album of richly-textured tunes full of bombast and beauty. The use of additional percussion and an oudist brings intricacy and detail to the music, but it’s Friedman’s crafting of simple yet vivid melodies that elevates the songs to something very special, a splendid balance between the complex and the catchy. Furthermore, the addition of a string trio lifts songs up to euphoric heights, but amidst all that soaring, Friedman doesn’t forget to let his jazz ensemble swing. This is the kind of majestic album that’ll sweep listeners up out of their seats.