354

Avishai Cohen Trio & Ensemble: At Home

By

Sign in to view read count
The title of bassist Avishai Cohen's latest CD, At Home, is a double entendre. Given the diverse geographical titles and styles of the songs, it's clear that Cohen wants to convey the notion that he's at home everywhere, musically and geographically. The core of the work centers on his trio, but it also includes a fine ensemble of musicians on other cuts to expand its range which flows from Cohen's relentless pizzicato.

The dynamic "Feediop" opens the show, with Cohen pumping the tempo and Yosvany Terry shimmering on soprano sax. Sam Barsh plays a lush, flowing piano solo while drummer Mark Guiliana keeps the pulsing vibe going. "Madrid" expands the playing field for the first time, including newcomers Anne Drummond and Tomer Tzur on flute and hand drum, respectively, plus Diego Urcola on flugelhorn and Jeff Ballard on percussion. The ensemble continues on the African-influenced "Leh-Lah," a splendidly arranged tune where Barsh augments his piano with a melodica and Terry plays chekere.

"Renouf's Last Tooth" is a tour de force, with Cohen's percolating bass, Barsh's dazzling piano work, and Guiliana's impassioned thrashing on the drums. Then there's the delicate, symphonic brass/wind combo on "Gershon Beat," where Cohen again plucks front and center. The lamenting, dolorous, slow trio piece "No Words" is followed up immediately by the up-tempo "Punk (DJN)," which features more excellent piano by Barsh. On the funk excursion gem "Saba," Cohen picks up the electric ax and Barsh plays the organ. This tune unfolds gradually from the deliberate theme and the tension builds up to a vibrant burst of colors. Cohen practically sings through his guitar, Barsh growls, Guiliana hammers the drums, and Terry plays more wicked soprano. Cohen wrote or co-wrote all of the songs here, and the excellent arrangements and wonderful playing make At Home a feast for the ears.

Track Listing: 1. Feediop 2. Madrid 3. Leh-Lah 4. Remembering 5. Renouf's Last Tooth 6. Gershon Beat 7. No Words 8. Punk (DJN) 9. Meditteranean [sic] Sun 10. Saba 11. Toledo

Personnel: Avishai Cohen: acoustic & electric bass; Mark Guiliana: drums, percussion; Sam Barsh: piano, organ, Fender Rhodes, melodica; Yosvany Terry: saxophones, chekere; Anne Drummond: flutes; Diego Urcola: flugelhorn; Jeff Ballard: percussion; Tomer Tzur: hand drum

Title: At Home | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Razdaz Recordz


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read No Answer CD/LP/Track Review No Answer
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Agrima CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Bright Yellow with Bass CD/LP/Track Review Bright Yellow with Bass
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Kurrent CD/LP/Track Review Kurrent
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: October 17, 2017
Read Duets CD/LP/Track Review Duets
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 17, 2017
Read "Opening Statement" CD/LP/Track Review Opening Statement
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 3, 2017
Read "Cornua Copiae" CD/LP/Track Review Cornua Copiae
by John Sharpe
Published: December 15, 2016
Read "June" CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "All You Gotta Do" CD/LP/Track Review All You Gotta Do
by Doug Collette
Published: September 16, 2017
Read "I Try To Remember Where I Come From" CD/LP/Track Review I Try To Remember Where I Come From
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 30, 2017
Read "Allison Philips Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Allison Philips Trio
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 27, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.