7

3 Cohens: Tightrope

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
3 Cohens: Tightrope It shouldn't come as a shock that the 3 Cohens stress the idea of interconnectedness in their music; soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen, multi-reedist Anat Cohen and trumpeter Avishai Cohen are, after all, blood. With albums like One (Anzic, 2004), Braid (Anzic, 2007) and Family (Anzic, 2011), these three horn-playing siblings have made it clear that they're forever linked to one another in life and music, but they don't always address these bonds in the same fashion. Braid, for example, was all about a horns-and-rhythm band dynamic, with stylistic diversity and sonic consistency at the heart of the matter. Tightrope, on the other hand, is about making a mold and breaking a mold.

Tightrope is a multifaceted outing with bountiful helpings of horns-only music and tangential offerings that allow for other parties to join in on the action. The 3 Cohens, sans guests, work through originals, classics and spur-of-the- moment "Conversation" pieces that highlight a shared chemistry and wit. They reference saxophonist Gerry Mulligan's What Is There To Say? (Columbia, 1959) via bluesy performances of "Festive Minor" and "Blueport," touch on bop with "Hot House," look back to Louis Armstrong with "Indiana," and return to their roots with "Ai Li Lu Li Lu," a Yiddish lullaby that their mother sang to them as children. The five "Conversation" tracks, the longest of which runs just over two minutes, aren't fully formed pieces, yet they provide a window into the relationship(s) between these masterful musicians. Avishai's brief-and-hip "Mantra" doesn't fall into either the history-based or open source categories of music, yet it deserves mention precisely for this reason; it's a hip-as-hell album closer that stands just fine on its own.

While the a cappella horns album idea would have worked top-to-bottom, the lure of collaboration put the kibosh on that firm concept. Pianist Fred Hersch appears on several tracks, bassist Christian McBride drops in for a trip through "Just Squeeze Me," and drummer Jonathan Blake adds a little oomph to the program during Avishai's down-and-dirty "Black." All parties mesh well with the horns and bring new dimensions to the program.

With each and every album, the 3 Cohens have furthered the scope of their music and broadened the definition of togetherness. They may take risks, walking tightropes with nary a net in sight, but they do so together, with hearts and minds linked through music.


Track Listing: Blueport; Conversation #1; Song Without Words #4: Duet; Conversation #2; Black; Just Squeeze Me; Hot House; There's No You; Estate; Conversation #3; Indiana; I Mean You; It Might As Well; Festive Minor; Conversation #4; Conversation #5; Ai Li Lu Li Lu; Mantra.

Personnel: Anat Cohen: clarinet(s) and tenor saxophone; Avishai Cohen: trumpets; Yuval Cohen: soprano saxophone; Fred Hersch: piano (3, 9, 12); Christian McBride: bass (6); Johnathan Blake: drums (5).

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Anzic Records


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
saxophone
Anat Cohen Anat Cohen
sax, tenor
Joe Henderson Joe Henderson
sax, tenor
Lee Morgan Lee Morgan
trumpet
Zoot Sims Zoot Sims
sax, tenor
Bud Powell Bud Powell
piano
Christian Scott Christian Scott
trumpet
Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine
sax, tenor
Wycliffe Gordon Wycliffe Gordon
trombone
Harry Allen Harry Allen
saxophone
Ryan Keberle Ryan Keberle
trombone

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Blue And Lonesome" CD/LP/Track Review Blue And Lonesome
by Doug Collette
Published: February 4, 2017
Read "Book II" CD/LP/Track Review Book II
by John Sharpe
Published: March 27, 2016
Read "Sunday Bolero" CD/LP/Track Review Sunday Bolero
by James Nadal
Published: June 15, 2016
Read "The Quest: Live at the A.P.C." CD/LP/Track Review The Quest: Live at the A.P.C.
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Chronicles" CD/LP/Track Review Chronicles
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 29, 2016
Read "Cinema Spiral" CD/LP/Track Review Cinema Spiral
by John Sharpe
Published: August 9, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!