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Sunday, February 07, 2016

CD Review: Avishai Cohen - Into the Silence.

Avishai Cohen: trumpet; Yonathan Avishai: piano; Eric Revis:bass; Nasheet Watts:drums; Bill McHenry tenor sax
(Review by Steve H).
Avishai Cohen is one of my favourite musicians of all time so I was very excited when asked to review this CD. As a poignant Miles Davis style solo emerged from the speakers I checked the album cover to find this rather beautiful trumpet player was indeed Avishai Cohen. What an amazing talent not only is he a world class bassist, composer, arranger and occasional pianist he is also a trumpet virtuoso as well. Somehow I didn’t think this was possible and further research led me to the happy discovery of ‘the other’ AC.
The music was composed 6 months after the death of his father. The opening track Life and Death sets the tone of the entire album - brooding, melancholy, sensitive and moving. Dream Like a Child is a reference to how his father’s family couldn’t afford to give him music lessons so he made sure all of his 3 children had the opportunity denied to him. This was a clear success as all 3 of his children (Avishai, Anat & Yuval) went on to become professional musicians even forming a successful family band ‘The  3 Cohens’. This piece, at just over 15 minutes, builds up from a classical style introduction to a more up-tempo conclusion driven by the very sympathetic rhythm section.
The title track Into The Silence is an angsty more abstract piece featuring Yonathan Avishai on piano and has a haunting feel to it.  Quiescence has a somewhat lighter tone to it with Cohen playing at his most Miles-like with a hypnotic bass line in the background from Waits. Behind the Broken Glass features Bill McHenry on tenor but is dominated by Cohen’s almost waling trumpet. A piano only reprise of Life and Death brings the album to a gentle, subtle and moving, conclusion.
As the subject matter dictates, this a pensive, sombre album not one to take to a party perhaps but rather one to listen to when in a quiet contemplative mood.
Steve.
Avishai Cohen - Into the Silence released Feb. 12 on ECM.

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