Third World Love: New Blues (2008)
Their fourth album continues this exploration of global sounds as a point of departure for some highly intricate, often rapturous improvisations, primarily by Cohen and Avishai. Avital's "Homeland" is a waltz that explores the many musical moods of his native Israel, while Freedman's "La Camerona" has a relaxed Spanish vibe. Cohen's spirited "Nature's Dance" and Avital's Middle-Eastern flavored "Hamina" have steady-driving grooves that should propel bodies out onto the dance floor.
Although there's some somber music here, there's not really much blues on New Blues until the final three numbersthe pianist's slow "Beauty of Death," Cohen's rousing title cut and, as if to dispel any doubts that they can play no-frills jazz, a confident closing take on the Duke Ellington rarity "So."
Track Listing: Eternal Flame; Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart; Homely Girl; Right Here Waiting; Looking for Linda; Room in Your Heart; Toy Soldiers; Sowing the Seeds of Love; Back to Life (However Do You Want Me); If Only I Could; Hangin' Tough; Be My Twin; Too Much; Stand Up for Your Love Rights; Nothing Has Been Proved; I Don't Want a Lover; I Want That Man; I Drove All Night; The Last of the Famous International Playboys.
Personnel: Avishai Cohen: trumpet, flugelhorn; Yonathan Avishai: piano; Omer Avital: bass; Daniel Freedman: drums.
Record Label: Anzic Records