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Skopje Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Skopje Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Skopje Jazz Festival 2015 MOB Skopje, Macedonia October 15-18, 2015 Always in the news and perennially in either political or economic turmoil, Macedonia is not the easiest place to live. Conflicts, poverty, crisis. Even now in 2015 it was not spared from problems as it was on a trail of hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled the troubles in Syria and Iraq. Amidst all of these circumstances, problems and troublesome ...

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Avishai Cohen: From Darkness, a new trio studio album

Read "Avishai Cohen: From Darkness, a new trio studio album" reviewed by Marta Ramon

Avishai Cohen is prolific in music and words, a creative volcano who finds his raison d'être melting with the heart of his wooden instrument. Cohen, who arrived at the forefront of the jazz scene being part of the Chick Corea Sextet “Origin" (from 1996 to 2003), has developed a unique voice and personality as a bassist, but also as a composer and singer. Internationally renowned because of his Trio, accompanied by the pianist Shai Maestro and the drummer Mark Guiliana, ...

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Avishai Cohen: Almah

Read "Almah" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

After a dozen albums as leader and a career that has seen him perform with Chick Corea, Mark Guiliana and Alicia Keys, Almah finds bassist Avishai Cohen returning to his first loves. Those “first loves," according to the press notes, are classical music and, more particularly, chamber music. Almah is a return to these loves, but with a healthy dose of Middle Eastern inspiration and at least one certified jazz standard (Thad Jones' “A Child Is Born," which receives a ...

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Avishai Cohen: Duende

Read "Duende" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Avishai Cohen is a distinctive player: his raw energy, deft and fluid fretting style and tough, forceful right hand combine in one of the most readily recognizable double bass sounds in contemporary music. He's brought this sound to collaborations with many leading musicians including pianists Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, and drummer Mark Guiliana, and has produced a dozen albums as leader. Duende, Cohen's third album for Blue Note, is something of a new departure: a duo record with up-and-coming ...

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Avishai Cohen: Mystical Changes

Read "Avishai Cohen: Mystical Changes" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Israeli bassist and vocalist Avishai Cohen, together with pianist Omri Mor and drummer Amir Bresler, recently participated at Romania's Garana Jazz Festival with a two-hour act of electrifying musical virtuosity. Most of the songs the trio performed are featured on Cohen's recent release, Seven Seas (EMI, 2011). This interview took place before a show that would become memorable in the history of the festival, for the artists and audience alike. All About Jazz: You've been touring throughout Europe ...

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Avishai Cohen: Seven Seas

Read "Seven Seas" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Over the past few years, bassist Avishai Cohen has become recognized as one of the most creative musicians of current times. A fertile composer of the highest rank, he has, among other things, enriched and expanded the genre he works in: a master of the upright bass, an improviser of not-so-often-seen genius, and a bandleader with a rich and kaleidoscopic history. Seven Seas is another exceptional chapter in the Cohen catalog, one that showcases a willingness to ...

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Home Away From Home: Avishai Cohen in Paris

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Avishai CohenAlhambraParis, FranceNovember 26, 2009 Hypnotic. Mesmerizing. Religious. These three adjectives come to mind when reflecting on Avishai Cohen's concert at Alhambra in Paris, the last of a three-night engagement at the intimate venue close to Place de la République. A sorrowful piano/percussion duo--Shai Maestro's weeping piano accompanied by Itamar Doari's melodic percussion--set the stage for what was to be a celebration of not just the talents of the five musicians in ...

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Avishai Cohen: Gently Disturbed

Read "Gently Disturbed" reviewed by Frederick Bernas

With this release on his own Razdaz Recordz, Avishai Cohen firmly entrenches himself as a frontrunning innovator in the piano trio medium. The Israeli bassist is joined by Mark Guiliana on drums and countryman Shai Maestro on piano--the latter a change in personnel from Continuo (Razdaz, 2006) and Live At The Blue Note (Razdaz, 2007). “Seattle" represents a slightly ponderous start, with a lyrical bass solo from Cohen over meandering chordal piano vamps, but it is not ...

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Avishai Cohen Trio: Gently Disturbed

Read "Gently Disturbed" reviewed by Andrew Velez

Acclaimed Israeli bassist (and accomplished pianist) Avishai Cohen brings an impressive list of credits to his first outing with a new trio. Cohen's work defies easy categorization. On bass he's performed with Brad Mehldau and Chick Corea. The long list of musicians he has accompanied on piano includes Bobby McFerrin, Roy Hargrove, Paquito D'Rivera and Nnenna Freelon, which suggests something about his range. Further still, he has performed concert works with the London and Israeli Philharmonics. So ...

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Avishai Cohen: As Is ... Live At The Blue Note

Read "As Is ... Live At The Blue Note" reviewed by Budd Kopman

As Is ... Live At The Blue Note is a CD and DVD document of a superb set. Bassist Avishai Cohen is a true virtuoso on both the electric and acoustic bass and, quite naturally, his compositions are extremely strong rhythmically. The band consists of his working trio, keyboardist Sam Barsh and drummer Mark Giulliana, to which saxophonist Jimmy Greene and trumpeter Diego Urcola have been added. That Barsh and Giulliana have been with Cohen awhile can ...

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Avishai Cohen: Trio Innovation

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Avishai Cohen Ronnie Scott's, London Friday, August 24

This was the first time I'd visited London's legendary jazz venue since its recent swanky refurbishment; still dimly lit, but with a classier kind of ambience, Ronnie's barely allows punters to appreciate the photos of great jazz musicians adorning every wall.

One man well on the way to joining this still illustrious company is Avishai Cohen. The Israeli bassist, with his acoustic trio of Shai Maestro (piano) and ...

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Avishai Cohen: As Is ... Live at the Blue Note

Read "As Is ... Live at the Blue Note" reviewed by Paul Olson

It's impossible to deny the sheer musical virtuosity of bassist/composer Avishai Cohen; he can hold his own with anyone on the double bass, and he's a wonderful electric bassist as well. He's also a gifted composer whose intricate, often Middle Eastern-inflected pieces are, while well within the jazz idiom, unique--hear one of his songs, and you'll know it's his.Furthermore, Cohen and his core trio of drummer Mark Guilliana and keyboardist Sam Barsh were, until recently, one of the ...