It shouldn't come as a shock that the 3 Cohens stress the idea of interconnectedness in their music; soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen, multi-reedist Anat Cohen and trumpeter Avishai Cohen are, after all, blood. With albums like One (Anzic, 2004), Braid (Anzic, 2007) and Family (Anzic, 2011), these three horn-playing siblings have made it clear that they're forever linked to one another in life and music, but they don't always address these bonds in the same fashion. Braid, for example, was all about a horns-and-rhythm band dynamic, with stylistic diversity and sonic consistency at the heart of the matter. Tightrope, on ...read more
It's a family affair that provides a luminous glimpse into the 3 Cohen's' broad jazz vernacular and notable technical expertise. With a formidable supporting lineup, the artists communicate an appealing mix of standards and originals, positioned on a It's a family affair that provides a luminous glimpse into the 3 Cohens' broad jazz vernacular and notable technical expertise. With a formidable supporting lineup, these siblings communicate an appealing mix of standards and originals, positioned on a rather festive modern mainstream jazz program. The musicians' resourceful repertoire contains finger-snapping swing, cool bop and bluesy enunciations, imparting a capacious underpinning, despite not ...read more
Anat, Uval and Avishai CohenThe Village VanguardNew York, New YorkJune 23, 2009If jazz is an attitude, then the Cohen family has it in spades. That much was evident from the moment Anat, Yuval and Avishai took the hallowed Village Vanguard stage on a sweaty Tuesday night. In a set whose moods ran the gamut from joyous to melancholy, with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure, there was nary a complacent moment as both the compositional and improvisational acumen of these great musicians was on full display.This was the first set ...read more
On this disc, recorded in a Brooklyn studio in the summer of 2006, the three Cohen siblings blend their many individual influences into one happy family outing. While reed player Anat's work clearly has more of a Latin vibe (thanks to work with groups like Choro Ensemble and her Brazilian jazz quartet), her brothers--trumpeter Avishai and saxophonist Yuval--seem to draw inspiration mostly from European and Middle-Eastern jazz. Working together, the trio has a noticeable chemistry that is undeniable--according to the liners, early in their musical studies they practiced at home, together or separately (but still within hearing distance of each ...read more
To the ranks of soulful jazz families like the Heaths of Philadelphia, the Joneses of Detroit and the Marsalises of New Orleans, fans can now add the 3 Cohens of Tel-Aviv, a talented Israeli combo featuring tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen and her brothers Yuval on soprano sax and Avishai on trumpet, who are hitting their stride on their sophomore collective effort, Braid.
The aptly-titled album sums up the telepathic, conversational interplay of the Cohens; musically, their inside jokes, finishing of each others' sentences and playful sibling rivalries spur the ensemble playing to refined heights, with expert backing by the seasoned ...read more
Jazz ensembles comprised of siblings are rare but not uncommon (The Heath Brothers--Jimmy and Percy, the well-known Marsalis brothers, and the Moutin twins--François and Louis). The 3 Cohens can be added to the list and show that it's a truly a family affair of musical harmony on their sophomore release Braid. The 3 Cohens--sister Anat (clarinet/saxophone) and brothers Yuval (saxophone) and Avishai (trumpet)--have performed in various groups and locales from Tel Aviv to New York City. They're also proven leaders as heard on Anat Cohen & The Anzic Orchestra's, Noir (Anzic Records, 2007), and Avishai Cohen's After ...read more
One has a number of meanings for the Israeli collective 3 Cohens. One family, in that trumpeter Avishai Cohen (not the bassist Avishai Cohen who has worked, amongst others, with Chick Corea), tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen, and soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen are all siblings. One session, in that the record was recorded and mixed in a single day in August of 2003. And one music, in that the group, which also features Israeli musicians Amos Hoffman on guitar and oud, Gilad Abro on acoustic bass, and Shay Zelman on drums, shares a common heritage and a common interest in music ...read more
As if it weren't enough spending their formative years in each other's constant company, on August 18 of last year the children of Bilha and David Cohen cut their first album together, subjecting themselves to the overwhelming pressures of one-day studio recording -- pressures that have historically frustrated musicians who were blissfully ignorant of their session mates' full catalogue of quirks and idiosyncrasies.
In the case of Yuval, Anat and Avishai Cohen, familiarity has bred success. One is a diverse, alluring and evocative disc, one which almost flaunts the power and uniqueness of the family dynamic. Listen to the way ...read more
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