Avishai Cohen: Flood (2008)
Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, Cohen won a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music and placed third in the 1997 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition. He has concentrated on composition as well as his clarion trumpet voice to feature projects that depict the classical music foundation of Bela Bartok and Erik Satie as well as folk themes from his homeland. His respect for pure trumpet tone recalls Miles Davis in the way that he gets the music's emotional emphasis to rise and fall without ever raising its volume; Cohen knows how to make an impression without being obvious. His closing "Cycles" remains closely attached to the everyday pattern that rainfall brings. Cohen's jazz depiction of Flood avoids the calamitous reputation that Nature sometimes brings; instead, he employs the open beauty of his horn to relate the essential need that Earth has for water as a nourishing source of life.
Track Listing: First Drops; Heavy Water: Prologue; Heavy Water; Nature
Personnel: Avishai Cohen: trumpet; Yonatan Avishai: piano; Daniel Freedman: percussion.
Record Label: Anzic Records
Style: Modern Jazz