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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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, ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
Anat Cohen Notes from the Village Anzic 2008 Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Caracas Suelos Cacao Música 2007
Anat Cohen, an Israeli-born multi-reedist who favors clarinet, is rapidly emerging from the jazz 'underground.' Notes from the Village (an allusion to Dostoevsky's novella?), her fourth release as a leader, is sure to enhance her growing reputation. Ably abetted by Jason Lindner (keyboards), Omer Avital (bass) and Daniel Freedman (drums), with strong support by ...read more
I would say that's what keeps me content musically is the fact that I try to put myself in different musical situations and I enjoy them all equally, says Anat Cohen, an Israel-born musician who has been making noise in her own sweet way on the New York City music scene since coming to the Big Apple in 1999. The city intimidated her a bit at first, influenced by impressions of the city she had only seen in modern movies that showed a potentially dangerous side, but she has survived and prospered. She's adding her own piece to the quilt ...read more
Clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen brings many talents to the forum: a gifted interpreter of songs and melodies from a variety of cultures and traditions, she speaks a rich language possessing many dialects. Originally from Israel, she and her two siblings, Yuval and Avishai, have embraced New York's jazz scene with enthusiasm and are busy charting individual career paths. Older brother Yuval, a saxophonist, and younger brother Avishai, a trumpeter, join her on Noir, along with a large ensemble packing a powerful punch. On Poetica, Cohen works without her brothers in a smaller line-up.
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This is a wonderfully recorded session, overflowing with tender, charming melodies, and everyone involved is a world-class musician. On the other hand, it's not exactly jazz: more like chamber music, bordering at times on classical and not too many steps removed from the venerable klezmer tradition. There is improvisation, but it flows so easily from the arrangements that one is scarcely aware of it.
Clarinetist Anat Cohen is the leader, and this is an album she has wanted to record for some time, to share some of what [she has] learned about playing the clarinet in various musical contexts. In ...read more
Frankly, I had no idea what to expect from Anat Cohen's first big band album. But if I'd had any expectations, they'd have easily been surpassed by the time the opening track reached its midway point. Cohen plays clarinet on that selection, and it's easy to understand why music critics have named her one of Down Beat magazine's rising stars on the instrument. She's not only an intrepid and resourceful clarinetist, but also equally impressive on tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, as she proves elsewhere.
Cohen and the Anzic Orchestra are complemented by the album's exquisite charts, written by her ...read more
How thoroughly refreshing it is to hear a young musician who really does have a sense of place and time, in the best possible ways! Saxophonist Anat Cohen imbues her tunes and her playing with an understanding of how to use space and rhythm and, having played in many countries, with a feeling for other cultures and where jazz and improvisation are in the world at this time.
Her melodies and her solos tell stories and with a voice that's uniquely her own but also reflects true listening to her predecessors and contemporaries. She has some solid experience--in New York ...read more
Saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen has been building a solid reputation as a richly-toned and capable improviser, as well as a lyrical mainstream writer, on the New York scene since relocating there from her native Israel a few years back. Her collaborative effort with brothers Avishai (the trumpeter, not the bassist) and saxophonist Yuval appeared on last year's One (under the name 3 Cohens), demonstrating a strong intuitive sense, although the simpatico with her siblings is no surprise, given they've played together since childhood.
On Place & Time Anat steps out on her own, and with a rhythm section of pianist Jason ...read more
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