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Avishai Cohen - "Seven Seas " (EMI/Blue Note Records, 2011)
Mit Seven Seas hat Cohen einen neuen künstlerischen Gipfel erklommen. Man könnte das Album als reifes Werk bezeichnen, wenn das nicht so viele schwere Assoziationen hervorriefe. Eher ist es ein Fusion-Album, das uns vielleicht einer wirklichen Odyssee näherbringt, ruft doch schon der Titel die Legenden und Mythen der Seefahrt in Erinnerung. Mit seinen vielen Wendungen und Drehungen ist Seven Seas fraglos das aufregendste Album des Künstlers.
Avishai Cohen: vocals, acoustic bass,
Truffaut sagte einst über Orson Welles "Citizen Kane", es sei „der Film, der alle anderen zusammenfasst und vorwegnimmt.” Man ist geneigt, über Seven Seas und das Werk von Avishai Cohen das Gleiche zu sagen: Hier laufen alle Wege und Stimmen zusammen, die der Künstler seit Anfang der 1990er eingeschlagen und ausprobiert hat, als er erstmals in der New Yorker Jazzszene auftauchte und kurz darauf von Chick Corea protegiert wurde. Vor allem aber verkündet und präsentiert er ein noch ambitionierteres, subtileres und raffinierteres Kompositionswerk, ohne dabei die für ihn typische Energie, Ekstase und Emotionalität über Bord zu werfen.
Man braucht sich nur die verschlungenen Sounds von "Two Roses" anzuhören und schon ist man im Bilde. Mit seinen Kinderreimen, Schlafliedern und Suiten, prallvoll mit heroischer Inspiration und symphonischen Klängen, entführt uns Seven Seas auf eine phantastische Klangreise, in der Understatement und Großartigkeit ein nicht enden wollendes Ping-Pong-Spiel treiben und nicht selten fühlt man sich auf die große Kinoleinwand transportiert. Ist man erst einmal an den ersten, glücklich nostalgischen Referenzen vorbei, segelt man weiter entlang Rhythmus-Inseln und ganzen Klangkontinenten, bis man bei Cohens intensiver Stimme in einem klassischen Piano-Ladino Anker wirft.
All songs arranged by Avishai Cohen,
Avishai Cohen - "Aurora" (EMI/Blue Note Records, 2009)
Jazz is now moving into a great era. After many years of opposition between traditionalists and modern jazz proponents, fans are now discovering a new approach to the genre which gives priority to mixing, intermingling, swing and the pure pleasure of music.
Pleasure is certainly one of the driving forces behind the work of Avishai Cohen – that together with an insatiable desire to share his passion for jazz with his audiences. There have been too few musicians throughout the history of jazz who were able to create a direct bond between their instruments and the audience. But with his talent and energy Cohen is able to summon the perfect ambiance in a matter of seconds, moving listeners with just three notes and bring joy to the hearts of all who come to see him perform.
Constantly raising artistic standards, he has been able to weave this solid but invisible link throughout his career. It is this link that touches the listener deeply and makes a jazz artist a star. The phenomenon that is Avishai Cohen now unites spirits well beyond the borders of jazz. Having moved outside any clearly defined categories, Avishai electrifies the audience at each performance. And now, already enjoying a well-deserved reputation as a gifted and imaginative composer and one of the best living bass players, Cohen reveals himself to be a talented singer as well.
Avishai Cohen remains a composer above all. Over the years his exploration of his roots, his history and the blending of his influences has become deeper, denser and more moving. Returning to Tel Aviv, he surrounded himself with several choice associates. He now works closely with lifelong friends and young artists ready to go anywhere he will take them. Amos Hoffman’s oud, Itamar Doari’s creative percussion, Shai Maestro’s delicate touch and Karen Malka’s unique vocals create fertile soil for countless possibilities.
With the latest new album "Aurora", his 11th release,
Avishai Cohen has reached a certain essence of expression, using voice
as a direct and powerful vehicle for his emotions.
Jazz naturally remains at the heart of this original universe –
the ideal meeting place for all kinds of encounters... "Aurora"
is a work of synergy under the Blue Note label, which for years seems
to have been at the centre of all futures in jazz, of which Avishai
Cohen is undeniably the most modern and irresistible standard-bearer.
Avishai Cohen - "Gently Disturbed" (Razdaz/Rough Trade, 2008)
Avishai Cohen, one of the most innovative bassists and composers today, will release "Gently Disturbed", his first release with his newly configured trio, from May on his own "Razdaz Recordz" label.
While to outward appearances the trio would seem to be the standard piano-bass-drum formula, the music they've created on Gently Disturbed is far from the standard jazz trio repertoire. Featuring nine original compositions (written either by Cohen or by the trio collaboratively), including one traditional Israeli song, Gently Disturbed is an amalgamation of melody and groove, complexity and simplicity that nearly redefines the concept of jazz. With the departure of long-time pianist Sam Barsh, Cohen has slightly reconfigured his trio with the addition of Israeli pianist Shai Maestro.
Since Cohen is an accomplished pianist in his own right and has performed on bass with such acclaimed jazz pianists as Danilo Perez, Brad Mehldau and of course Chick Corea, and because the previous keyboard players in his bands (Sam Barsh and Jason Lindner) have been exceptional, it is even more striking to note that Maestro is just 21 years old. Rounding out the trio is the brilliant Mark Guiliana on drums, who has been playing and touring with Cohen since 2003 and who Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2007 cited as "one of the best up-and-coming stars of today's drumming scene."
Avishai Cohen - "Continuo" (Razdaz/Rough Trade, 2006)
Continuo, Cohen’s third recording on his label Razdaz Recordz, and his seventh as a leader, was recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden in December 2005 with Avishai’s core trio of pianist/keyboardist Sam Barsh and drummer/percussionist Mark Guiliana (drums, percussion).
The trio, a crackerjack unit that has been on the road for the last two and a half years, welcomed into the fold a long-time collaborator of Cohen’s, fellow Israeli Amos Hoffman, who contributed his singular oud playing to several tracks. Avishai Cohen: "A lot of the new material on Continuo has a through-composed, classical music-like nature to it, as well as open sections for solos. In addition to that, there are strong Middle Eastern influences in some parts of the compositions."
Avishai Cohen - "At home" (Razdaz/Rough Trade, 2005)
In February of 2005 Razdaz Recordz released At Home, an album that was arguably Avishai Cohen’s most compelling and striking new recording to date.
Complete discography: www.avishaimusic.com
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