177

3 Cohens: Braid

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
3 Cohens: Braid 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 The Big Rain (Anzic, 2007).

Braid, their second release following 2005's independently released One, is even stronger, more stimulating and vibrant. This is due, in great part, to savvy compositions and the group symbiosis with pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Omer Avital and drummer Eric Harland—all dynamic leaders in their own rights.

You can hear it starting with "Navad, with its upbeat Old and New world vibe. The deliciously fun "Freedom, written by eldest brother Yuval, is a biggish band swinger, horns singing with gusto and a fantastic solo by Harland, sounding as if three drummers are playing simultaneously.

Slower moments include "Beaches, featuring Anat's rich clarinet tones mixed with Yuval's soprano; then enhanced by Avishai's affecting trumpet mute and Goldberg's vivid piano comps. A contrast in style and mood includes the infectious dance-mantra of "U-Valley, with Jewish and Latin overtones, and the cinematic "Lies and Gossip, with Anat flexing her tenor muscles while Avital makes a bold statement on acoustic bass.

The trio pours out a musical libation to New Orleans on a spirited, three horn a cappella rendition of Jimmy Van Heusen's "It Could Happen To You. It sums up the overall tone of Braid as the 3 Cohens walk in harmony, each voice intertwined and strengthened by the other's strand.


Track Listing: Nava (The Wanderer); Gigi et Amelie; Freedom; Beaches; U-Valley; Lies and Gossip; It Could Happen To You; Elegy For Eliku; Tflia (Prayer); Shoutin Low.

Personnel: Anat Cohen: tenor sax, clarinet (4); Avishai Cohen: trumpet; Yuval Cohen: soprano sax; Aaron Goldberg: piano; Omer Avital: bass; Eric Harland: drums.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Anzic Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
saxophone
Anat Cohen Anat Cohen
sax, tenor
Joe Henderson Joe Henderson
sax, tenor
Lee Morgan Lee Morgan
trumpet
Zoot Sims Zoot Sims
sax, tenor
Bud Powell Bud Powell
piano
Christian Scott Christian Scott
trumpet
Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine
sax, tenor
Wycliffe Gordon Wycliffe Gordon
trombone
Harry Allen Harry Allen
saxophone
Ryan Keberle Ryan Keberle
trombone

More Articles

Read A Dark and Stormy Day CD/LP/Track Review A Dark and Stormy Day
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Pocono Git-Down CD/LP/Track Review Pocono Git-Down
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Rímur CD/LP/Track Review Rímur
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Schönbrunn CD/LP/Track Review Schönbrunn
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 1, 2017
Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Closer Than Before" CD/LP/Track Review Closer Than Before
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 14, 2016
Read "Of The Night" CD/LP/Track Review Of The Night
by Budd Kopman
Published: October 30, 2016
Read "Repeater" CD/LP/Track Review Repeater
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: December 5, 2016
Read "Groovin'" CD/LP/Track Review Groovin'
by Jeff Winbush
Published: November 2, 2016
Read "Tropical Infinito" CD/LP/Track Review Tropical Infinito
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 8, 2016
Read "Disorder at the Border Plays Ornette" CD/LP/Track Review Disorder at the Border Plays Ornette
by Nicola Negri
Published: December 24, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!