One of the more intriguing CDs to cross my desk lately is "Matane Malit" ("Beyond the Mountain"), from the Elina Duni Quartet, released on the ECM label.
Duni is an Albanian singer who puts a seductive, jazzy spin on songs from her country, backed by the sophisticated talents of pianist Colin Vallon, bassist Patrice Moret and drummer Norbert Pfammatter.
The distinctive sound of the language has its own musical quality as the warm-voiced Duni burrows into each melody and spins out vibrantly nuanced phrasing.
The quartet visits Baltimore this weekend to give a concert (8 p.m. Sunday) in an ideally intimate space for these performers -- An die Musik. Ought to be a great way to spend the eve of the "Frankenstorm" apparently heading our way.
Here's a brief video about the new CD: