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Avishai Cohen - Trumpet: Cross My Palm With Silver

Read "Cross My Palm With Silver" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

If trumpeter Avishai Cohen's ECM debut, Into The Silence was a work of deeply personal content, Cross My Palm With Silver plays out with the same emotional impact, but on a global stage. Cohen composed the five pieces on this album in his native Israel, while contemplating the impact of political division on the human psyche. His hope is that the music contributes to a healing process. Returning from Into The Silence quintet is drummer Nasheet Waits, a ...

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Avishai Cohen - Trumpet: Into the Silence

Read "Into the Silence" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Israeli-born trumpeter and prodigy Avishai Cohen was already touring with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra as a teenager. He attended Berklee College of Music, and later, placed highly in the Thelonious Monk jazz trumpet competition. A progressive-thinking artist, he hasn't looked back musically. With his highly regarded group, Triveni, Cohen challenged his own resourcefulness and creative process in a trio without a chordal instrument. ECM Records founder, Manfred Eicher, had taken note of Cohen's performance and unique sound on ...

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Avishai Cohen - Trumpet: Into the Silence

Read "Into the Silence" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen makes his ECM leader debut with Into the Silence, an album dedicated to the memory of his late father. Cohen composed the melodies over six months following his father's passing in November 2014, inspired by an album of Rachmaninoff's solo piano music. It's not always sad music--this is not a collection of dirges--but it does maintain a contemplative mood throughout. Cohen says “The title of the song and album refers to the silence of absence, the way ...

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Avishai Cohen - Trumpet: Dark Nights

Read "Dark Nights" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

From the brooding opening title track to the closing Chet Baker homage, “I Fall in Love Too Easily," Dark Nights unapologetically embraces the heart of jazz. Every aspect of the album--from the cover photo, to Cohen's precise trumpet inflections, to the trio's dedication to immediacy and collective improvisation (and even the album's forays into electronic affects)--is saturated with the emblematic textures, rhythms, and imagery of jazz. This is achieved with professionalism, creativity, and skill, without a wit of irony or ...

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Avishai Cohen: Family Bonds and Music from the Heart

Read "Avishai Cohen: Family Bonds and Music from the Heart" reviewed by Urszula Orczyk

Avishai Cohen is a talented trumpeter, composer, band leader, co-leader and active sideman featured on over 50 records to date. Voted a Rising Star in the 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll, Cohen is also a musician with an individual sound, combining the best of traditional jazz with a modern compositional style. As a player, he demonstrates flexibility, soulfulness, sensitivity and extravaganza. Cohen has performed music since the age of 10, gaining experience with jazz, rock and pop groups while ...

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Avishai Cohen - Trumpet: Triveni II

Read "Triveni II" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen had already reached the upper echelons of the jazz world when he put Triveni into motion, but this trio's debut--Introducing Triveni (Anzic Records, 2010)--still managed to mark a quantum leap in his artistry. The Israeli-born horn man first made stateside ripples when he placed third in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition in 1997 and those ripples turned to waves as he became an established presence on the scene. A string of albums in his own name, ...

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Avishai Cohen: Trumpet Trio Makes Strong Mark

Read "Avishai Cohen: Trumpet Trio Makes Strong Mark" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Avishai Cohen is a trumpeter of substantial talent, working hard on his craft and career, making strides that are tangible. The steps that he takes, the bands that he plays with, are impressive. There are a lot of good young trumpeters out there, and he's situated squarely in their lot. Early this year, he toured with the SFJAZZ Collective, a strong group of some of today's best musicians. But Cohen's more impressive recent mark on his résumé is ...

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Avishai Cohen: Flood

Read "Flood" reviewed by J Hunter

Using accepted standards, what would be the correct instrumental configuration to recreate a disaster of, literally, Biblical proportions? A fairly sizeable orchestra--or, at minimum, a big band with a talent for the chaotic--would seem mandatory. Well, Avishai Cohen (who, among many things, holds down the trumpet chair in the immeasurably talented family band 3 Cohens) chose a different path for Flood. As a result, “Avishai the Trumpeter" has made much more memorable music.

Flood is the second disc in Cohen's ...

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Avishai Cohen: Flood

Read "Flood" reviewed by Jim Santella

In a suite of original compositions subtitled “Part Two of the Big Rain Trilogy," trumpeter Avishai Cohen's pure, sweet trumpet tone and bent notes allow him to create sound pictures that depict gentle raindrops, a giant deluge, the eventual overflow and final sunshine to complete the cycle. Since his songscape relies on personal expression, the instrumentation is limited to pianist Yonatan Avishai (a minimalist) and percussionist Daniel Freedman (a small instrument specialist). Hand drums, wood block and soft mallet drumming ...

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Avishai Cohen: After The Big Rain

Read "After The Big Rain" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen has had a varied musical career. He toured with the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and then went into a wider spectrum playing jazz, pop and rock. However, it was when he was at Smalls jazz club in New York, that he had the opportunity to interact and expand his musical horizons with Jason Lindner, Claudia Acuna and Omer Avital. Cohen carries his wide-ranging vision with effect into After The Big Rain.

The title tune sandwiches ...