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Avishai Cohen Trio - Remembering

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Avishai CohenIn 1997, while attending the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Chicago, Cohen gave one of his demo tapes to Ron Moss, manager of the renowned pianist/composer/arranger/bandleader Chick Corea. Soon thereafter, Cohen was not only a member of Corea’s group Origin, but was also recording his first solo effort, Adama, on the Sketch/Concord label, with Corea coproducing. Critics hailed the album, which blended the sounds of the Middle East with Spain, and Latin America with traditional American jazz, as one of strongest jazz debuts in recent memory.
The following year saw the release of Devotion, which also received favorable criticism, both for its mix of diverse forms and Cohen’s mastery as an instrumentalist. Cohen, wrote Paul de Barros for a Down Beat review of the bassist’s talent, "is like a bass violinist, with a warm, natural sound … and a probing sense of modal mystery that is dark and joyous." Cohen delighted reviewers again with his third outing, the 2000 release Colors. His arrangements for this album featured Middle Eastern phrases, reggae, funk, Latin beats, and fusion. As evidence that he indeed had arrived, Bass Player magazine named Cohen as one of the 100 Most Influential Bass Players of the 20th Century.
Bassist/Composer Avishai Cohen was one of the first Israel-born jazz musicians to make a big splash in the U.S. Cohen moved to New York permanently in 1992 after studying classical/jazz piano and bass in Israel, (Music & Arts Academy and with Maestro Michael Klinghoffer) and in the United States (in St. Louis). After attending both the New School and Mannes College of Music in New York City, Cohen performed with fellow students such as pianist Brad Mehldau. After studying with bassist Andy Gonzalez, Cohen performed in a Latin jazz band that included Abel Rodriguez and Ray Santiago. As a result of this experience, combined with his deep understanding and love of Latin Music and jazz, Cohen got the call to join pianist Danilo Perez’s trio. Cohen moved on from Perez’s band in 1996 to become a founding member of the legendary Chick Corea’s new sextet, “Origin.”
“...nobody’ll kvetch about getting an extra helping of Cohen’s deep, ermine- edged bass, which he strokes with a subtlety hardly anyone matches.” --Greg Burk, L.A. Weekly

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