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Album Review

Avishai Cohen: Two Roses

Read "Two Roses" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Avishai Cohen dreamed big, with images of symphony orchestras dancing in his head. The Israeli-born bassist maneuvered that dream into a reality with Two Roses, a recording that finds Cohen in the company of the ninety-two piece Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, in addition to his jazz cohorts, Azerbaijani pianist Elchin Shirinov and New Jersey born and bred drummer Mark Guiliana. Eleven of the tunes presented here, in this lush landscape, come from Cohen's pen. The title piece is a ...

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Live Review

Avishai Cohen Trio at Tonhalle Dusseldorf

Read "Avishai Cohen Trio at Tonhalle Dusseldorf" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Avishai Cohen Trio Tonhalle Dusseldorf, Germany December 6, 2019 Avishai Cohen is embarking on a global birthday tour next year, including many dates with this current trio formation of long time drummer and fellow Israeli Noam David and pianist Elchin Shirinov from Azerbaijan. Considering that the group started presenting most of the album Arvoles (Razdaz Recordz 2019) recently, this was probably a prime time to catch them in terms of both well-honed repertoire ...

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Album Review

Avishai Cohen: Arvoles

Read "Arvoles" reviewed by Roger Farbey


In the late 1990s, bassist Avishai Cohen was living and working in New York, having arrived a few years earlier from Israel. Out of the blue he received a phone call from Chick Corea which effectively changed his life. Not only did Corea offer Cohen a recording contract on the pianist's Stretch label, he also invited him to join him in a new acoustic group, Origins. This association culminated in a handful of albums between 1997 and 2000, with both ...

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Live Review

Skopje Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Skopje Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Skopje Jazz Festival 2015 MOB Skopje, Macedonia October 15-18, 2015 Always in the news and perennially in either political or economic turmoil, Macedonia is not the easiest place to live. Conflicts, poverty, crisis. Even now in 2015 it was not spared from problems as it was on a trail of hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled the troubles in Syria and Iraq. Amidst all of these circumstances, problems and troublesome ...

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Interview

Avishai Cohen: From Darkness, a new trio studio album

Read "Avishai Cohen: From Darkness, a new trio studio album" reviewed by Marta Ramon


Avishai Cohen is prolific in music and words, a creative volcano who finds his raison d'être melting with the heart of his wooden instrument. Cohen, who arrived at the forefront of the jazz scene being part of the Chick Corea Sextet “Origin" (from 1996 to 2003), has developed a unique voice and personality as a bassist, but also as a composer and singer. Internationally renowned because of his Trio, accompanied by the pianist Shai Maestro and the drummer Mark Guiliana, ...

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Album Review

Avishai Cohen: Almah

Read "Almah" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


After a dozen albums as leader and a career that has seen him perform with Chick Corea, Mark Guiliana and Alicia Keys, Almah finds bassist Avishai Cohen returning to his first loves. Those “first loves," according to the press notes, are classical music and, more particularly, chamber music. Almah is a return to these loves, but with a healthy dose of Middle Eastern inspiration and at least one certified jazz standard (Thad Jones' “A Child Is Born," which receives a ...

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Album Review

Avishai Cohen: Duende

Read "Duende" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Avishai Cohen is a distinctive player: his raw energy, deft and fluid fretting style and tough, forceful right hand combine in one of the most readily recognizable double bass sounds in contemporary music. He's brought this sound to collaborations with many leading musicians including pianists Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, and drummer Mark Guiliana, and has produced a dozen albums as leader. Duende, Cohen's third album for Blue Note, is something of a new departure: a duo record with up-and-coming ...


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