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Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso Feat. Leni Andrade at 54 Below

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Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso, Feat. Leny Andrade54 BelowNew York, NYAugust 23, 2013The quartet. led by Anat Cohen, kicked off its early set with a selection of classic Brazilian choros that were enhanced by the individual talents of the Israeli reeds player's pan-Brazilian quartet, which featured accordion, acoustic seven-string guitar and pandeiro. The group's chemistry was quite palpable, and the musicians fed on each others' vibes, picking up immediately where one solo left off. Cohen mixed things up, playing some Klezmer -influenced notes during her individual moments; choro and klezmer do share some ...

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Anat Cohen at Kennedy Center Jazz Club

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Anat Cohen has received no shortage of accolades of late and her rise is a testament to her stunning capacities on clarinet and saxophone. She is no stranger to Washington, DC audiences either, packing clubs and concert halls from Bohemian Caverns to the Sixth and I Synagogue. Most recently, Cohen filled the Kennedy Center's Jazz Club, where she helped highlight the modernistic trajectory that pianist Jason Moran is charting for the Center's jazz program as its new artistic director.Featuring works from her latest release, Claroscuro (Anzic, 2012), Cohen's performance was no less superb than previous outings, compelling both ...

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Anat Cohen: Claroscuro

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Art begets art on Anat Cohen's Claroscuro. The Israeli-born, New York-based multi-reedist leaves the confines of Benny Goodman's world behind, following her clarinet-only sojourn into king of swing territory, Clarinetwork: Live At The Village Vanguard (Anzic, 2010), with a wide-ranging musical treatise on the balance between light and dark. Cohen addresses each end of the color spectrum on its own terms during this eleven-song program but, more often than not, plays one off the other within a single performance. She's savvy enough to know that dark doesn't exist without light and that the contrast and marriage between the two is ...

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Anat Cohen: Claroscuro

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Reed multi-instrumentalist Anat Cohen seems equally comfortable performing Brazilian jazz with Duduka Da Fonseca's quintet, contemporary jazz with her two brothers in the Three Cohens, or Afro-Cuban and more straight-ahead material with the countless ensembles with which she has worked over the years. Claroscuro reflects Cohen's unique ability to tackle multiple genres with the same dexterity. This is immediately evident with pianist Jason Lindner's “Anat's Dance," a contemporary tune with a Latin-esque feel that allows Cohen to stretch her own creativity as well as showcasing the band's chemistry. Cohen, Lindner and drummer Daniel Freedman add their own individual ...

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Anat Cohen: Clarinetwork Live at the Village Vanguard

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Anat CohenClarinetwork Live at the Village VanguardAnzic Records2010 Anat Cohen can make the clarinet sing--literally and figuratively. On Clarinetwork Live at the Village Vanguard her wonderful, flowing melodic lines swoop and soar like arias placating the most high. It is as if--in that spiritualised state of grace--Cohen, in her singular, burnished or blushing tone, is voicing the murmurings of the soul set free by the music. Cohen is an anomaly in contemporary music. She is not bound by metaphor and idiom, genre or species. Her home is where her heart is, ...

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Anat Cohen: Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard

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Anat Cohen is one of the major jazz success stories of the last decade. She arrived in New York from Israel in 1996 and, by the turn of the century, was an important factor in the reemergence of the clarinet as a solo jazz instrument. Yet her recordings have not captured the bacchanalian riot of Cohen in person, whirling on the stage, curls flying, unleashing clarinet notes in formally elegant torrents. Clarinetwork comes closer, in part because it is her first live album. While Cohen's music until now has been immersed in Israeli, Middle Eastern, classical, Brazilian ...

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Anat Cohen: Clarinetwork Live At The Village Vanguard

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Anat Cohen Clarinetwork Live At The Village Vanguard Anzic Records 2010

For a jazz musician, performing, and recording an album, at New York's Village Vanguard is akin to an opera singer performing at the Metropolitan Opera. Both of these accomplishments signify a milestone in an artist's career, but clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen had “made it" long before this project came to be. Since her arrival in New York in 1999, Cohen has proven to be an unstoppable juggernaut of creative energy, excitement and instrumental virtuosity. She's touched on Brazilian music--with the ...



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