by Willard Manus
nom de guerre of Albert Dadon) is a leading Australian jazz musician who
until now has been virtually unknown in the USA. That situation should
change with the release of THE ROAD AHEAD, on which the guitarist explores
his Moroccan/French/Israeli roots with exquisite delicacy and beauty.
Albare wrote all of the tunes on the CD, except for Stevie Wonders
Underjoyed, which is sung by guest vocalist Allan Harris.
Albare, who also serves as director of the Melbourne Jazz Festival and
founder of the Australian Jazz Awards, plays both guitar and synth-guitar
on THE ROAD AHEAD. His band-mates include Phil Turco on piano, Yunior
Terry on bass, and Pablo Bencid on drums. Together these musicians play
as one as they bring Albares intricate compositions to life.
The Road Ahead is a prayer for what lies ahead of us, explains
Albare in an album note. The scales used are borrowed from the Jewish
Sephardic Moroccan tradition and we also borrow from the blues tradition,
so this makes an interesting fusion and hopefully it translates into an
equally interesting listening. In the Sephardic tradition we have a prayer
for the road. The Road Ahead is a prayer for the Vision.