4

Anat Cohen: Claroscuro

Ernest Barteldes By

Sign in to view read count
Anat Cohen: Claroscuro 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 moments, with the tune coming to an abrupt end as the piano and drums suddenly stop, leaving the bandleader to deliver the final note. Cohen travels to New Orleans with a down-tempo version of "La Vie En Rose," played as a duet with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, who sings it in a fashion very similar to Louis Armstrong's cover of this classic Edith Piaf song in 1950.

Among the Brazilian material is the Antonio Carlos Jobim/Vinicius de Morais/Chico Buarque de Hollanda ballad "Olha Maria," which is played here in a very subtle arrangement that evokes Jobim's original treatment. "Um x Zero" is a favorite Pixinguinha choro from downtown Rio de Janeiro's famous "rodas de samba," played in a double-time duet by Cohen and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, whose instruments are placed in different channels as they solo against each other.

Also notable is "As Rosas Nao Falam," a Brazilian standard by Cartola, a legendary composer whose work is not well known to North American audiences. Cohen plays its mournful, bluesy melody (the original Portuguese lyrics speak of being reminded of a long lost love by smelling the perfume of roses) with great feeling, followed by Lindner and bassist Joe Martin, whose solos do not stray far from the song's general melancholy.

Track Listing: Anat's Dance; La Vie En Rose; All Brothers; As Rosas Nao Falam; Nightmare; Tudo O Que Voce Podia Ser; And The World Weeps; Olha Maria; Kickoff; Um X Zero; The Wedding.

Personnel: Anat Cohen: clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone; Jason Lindner: piano; Joe Martin: bass; Daniel Freedman: drums; Wycliffe Gordon: trombone, vocal; Paquito d’Rivera: clarinet.

Title: Claroscuro | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Anzic Records


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Second Act CD/LP/Track Review Second Act
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 23, 2017
Read Imaga Mondo CD/LP/Track Review Imaga Mondo
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 23, 2017
Read Port Of Call CD/LP/Track Review Port Of Call
by John Sharpe
Published: August 23, 2017
Read May I Introduce To You CD/LP/Track Review May I Introduce To You
by James Nadal
Published: August 23, 2017
Read Honey And Salt CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 22, 2017
Read To the Bone CD/LP/Track Review To the Bone
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 22, 2017
Read "From Two Balconies" CD/LP/Track Review From Two Balconies
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 21, 2017
Read "Double Mirror" CD/LP/Track Review Double Mirror
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 8, 2017
Read "Reflections" CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 25, 2017
Read "Afro-Caribbean Mixtape" CD/LP/Track Review Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 27, 2017
Read "Because I Love You" CD/LP/Track Review Because I Love You
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 12, 2016
Read "The Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review The Unknown
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 10, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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