thanks to percussionist Marco Fox from Berlin i am listening right now to great new music by Avishai Cohen.
Here the myspace of my dear friend: check also his music out! great guy. love working with him.
Here what All-About-Jazz has to say about the new Cohen album called SEVEN SEAS:
Published: March 25, 2011
Dreaming is an inspired opener, with playful harmonies, wordless vocals, irregular phrase lengths and the sort of lyricism and playfulness that has long been a hallmark of his trio with drummer Mark Guiliana. The magic of this band shines on the title track, where Shai Maestro‘s piano acts as a gorgeous signpost to which virtually all of these musicians can return. His melodic sensibility and crisp tone are beacons in the often swirling, escalating and cascading whorls of melodies and interchanges. The longer this album plays, though, the more this music flourishes on its own. At moments it is beautiful beyond description.
Empathetic communication is the key to jazz of the highest order, and that kind of communication is evident from start to finish, regardless of the compositions’ dynamics. The way this band shifts seamlessly from one style to another pays substantial creative dividends. “Ani Aff” features the Latino rhythms and melodies for which Cohen is well-known, and that type of playfulness and interchange simply shines on “Two Roses,” embellished by Itamar Douari’s percussion work. But that kind of interplay is also evident on quieter tracks such as “Staav,” which unfolds slowly, with beautiful piano melodies augmented by Cohen and Douari, who add subtle touches here and there, as well as “Hayo Hayta” and the closing “Tres Hermanicas Eran,” a traditional Ladino song, beautifully sung by Cohen.
Seven Seas is a remarkable album; most impressive is Cohen’s clarity of vision, which is what separates the boys from men. Cohen knows what he wants and, even better, he knows how to achieve it. The album’s immediate attraction is its loose, fresh informality, a spontaneous and sparkling liveliness. The result of this unlikely union is one of the most seamlessly beautiful works Cohen has ever produced.
Track Listing: Dreaming; About a Tree; Seven Seas; Halah; Staav; Ani Aff; Worksong; Hayo Hayta; Two Roses; Tres Hermanicas Eran
Personnel: Avishai Cohen: vocals, acoustic and electric bass; Karen Malka: vocals; Shai Maestro: piano, keyboards; Itamar Douari: percussion
Record Label: EMI France | Style: Straightahead/Mainstream