It's a family affair that provides a luminous glimpse into the 3 Cohen's' broad jazz vernacular and notable technical expertise. With a formidable supporting lineup, the artists communicate an appealing mix of standards and originals, positioned on a It's a family affair that provides a luminous glimpse into the 3 Cohens' broad jazz vernacular and notable technical expertise. With a formidable supporting lineup, these siblings communicate an appealing mix of standards and originals, positioned on a rather festive modern mainstream jazz program. The musicians' resourceful repertoire contains finger-snapping swing, cool bop and bluesy enunciations, imparting a capacious underpinning, despite not aiming to blaze newfound jazz-related turf during the vibrantly enacted processes.
Inimitable vocalist Jon Hendricks is the special guest here, appearing on Duke Ellington's "The Mooch," and a rearrangement of the pop standard, "On the Sunny Side of the Street," that offers a traditional jazz bridge section where clarinetist Anat Cohen, soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen and trumpeter Avishai Cohen raise the pitch by instilling a joy touched with a sense of antiquity. Hendrick's customary and duly anticipated scat vocals hearken back to earlier times in jazz, as the septet closes the piece with a customary knockdown, drag-out type finale via soaring choruses in the upper registers.
There's a lot to like on an album which shows a more conventional side to the 3 Cohens' variable capabilities, spanning adventurous progressive-jazz frameworks and improvisation. Indeed, the family's jazz DNA transfers to disc with good cheer and musical mastery.
Personnel: Anat Cohen: tenor saxophone & clarinet; Avishai Cohen: trumpet; Yuval Cohen: soprano saxophone; Aaron Goldberg: piano; Matt Penman: bassl Gregory Hutchinson: drums. Very Special Guest: Jon Hendricks: vocals.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.