Michel Sajrawy: Writings on the Wall

Palestinian-born guitarist from Israel brings impressive facility and a startling, non-tempered sensibility to this seamless fusion of Arabic rhythms and entrancing Middle Eastern scales with western jazz. Sajrawy states his case eloquently on “Bride of Galilee,” the evocative “Blue Sheep” and the dramatic title track. The burning “Ta Ti Ta Ta” is more firmly rooted in bebop, with non-tempered flourishes and bends, while “Ya Salam” is a funky Middle Eastern boogaloo. A unique and highly personal statement.