With her 2003 album “If” (JENJ 3303), composer Myriam Alter created an amalgam of tango, classical, oriental and jazz elements. It was a huge success among press and public, and sold nicely. The Montreal Gazette said Alter “fuses her Judeo-Spanish background, with its Arabic influences and life-affirming Mediterranean spirit, and the sultry melancholy of Argentine tango in a jazzy framework. Five stars."
This new album continues from where If ended. This time she’s chosen Jaques Morelenbaum to be part of the equation, the great Brazilian cellist, who so beautifully combines an authentic samba feeling with the intimacy of chamber music. Assisted by Ruocco's warm clarinet and Bonafede's tasteful piano voicings, this makes for a fine album that only improves with repeated listenings.