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Myriam Alter: Where Is There

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Belgian composer Myriam Alter straddles three musical pathways on Where Is There: jazz, chamber classical and European folk. Jazz remains the stronghold, but the other styles create exoticism and delicate, lyrical beauty that lingers in the ear long after the music stops.

The classical aspect largely rests on Jaques Morelenbaum’s cello-along with Salvatore Bonafede’s piano, the album’s most prominent instrument-which moans through all eight tracks with a studied melancholy. John Ruocco provides the folk flavor, his clarinet displaying tinges of the Jewish and Spanish idioms with which Alter grew up on the sashaying “Still in Love” and “I’m Telling You.” The other musicians (Bonafede, soprano saxophonist Pierre Vaiana, bassist Greg Cohen and drummer Joey Baron) provide the jazz foundation.

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