First Taste of Umami Quartet
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.