Myriam Alter

Crossways is Myriam Alter's  third production for Enja Records (licensed to Justin Time Records in North America).   Her mother grew up in Saloniki which has given Greece some of its greatest musicians, artists, poets and thinkers, thus providing a rich background for Myriam to draw upon - the influences of Jewish, Turkish, Italian jazz melange always present in her compositions.

Myriam has brought together a  standout international ensemble that are responsible for the tight overall sound.  At the center spot -Italian accordion virtuoso Luciano Biondin,  he is joined by American (now Netherlands based) clarinetist John Ruocco , who fulfills an important soloist’s role as he did on Alter's previous albums.   Belgian bassist Nic Thys always impresses with his strong acoustic bass foundation, and the liquid tuba of Belgian Michel Massot will be a discovery for many.   The creative young Dutch percussionist  Landers Gyselinck is making a name for himself in both the jazz and the avant-garde rock scene, and  Italian Michel Bisceglia provides subtle, crisp piano solos and his arrangements support the compositions so well.

At the very end of this exciting production Myriam sat down at the piano and played a spontaneous short solo piece dedicated to her old friend Mal Waldron. Nothing could end this fantastic session any better.