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Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai: Playing The Room

Read "Playing The Room" reviewed by Michael McKinney

Playing the Room, a record pairing New York-based trumpet player Avishai Cohen and Burgundy-based pianist Yonathan Avishai, is a restrained and joyous affair. Their playing glows with a quiet delight, as though the musicians were glad for the simple act of playing together. That rarely comes out in overt and loud celebration, however—this is not a record of fireworks. That much is clear from the start: “The Opening" starts the record off with a stately melody from Avishai; ...

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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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