Your Daily Lick: Eliyahu & the Qadim Ensemble

Eastern Wind (Embarka Records)



Nothing quite reaches the heights of the opening track, which matches an innovative stop-start technique with the more traditional Middle Eastern rhythms the San Francisco band espouses throughout the remainder. Its songs, performed on traditional flute, fiddle, lute, and percussion, flow like ancient poetry - many, in fact, are based upon folk songs and devotional prayers from the region.