RYAN COHAN, ANOTHER LOOK


Armed with a cache of top-notch original tunes and an equally strong supporting cast of musicians like vibes player Joe Locke, saxophonist Geof Bradford and drummer Kobie Watkins, there’s much to savor on pianist Ryan Cohan’s sophomore release, “Another Look” (Motema Music). On the scene since 1993, Cohan has a sure touch on the keys and balances superior original material (“Monk’n Around,” “Song For My Grandfather”) with energetic arrangements of Victor Feldman’s “Joshua” and Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,” both of which showcase Cohan’s dazzling chops, while go-to percussionist Steve Kroon adds hints of mystery and exoticism. Flawlessly self-produced, “Another Look” is a model for modern jazz piano albums, full of tangible moments of undiluted pleasure throughout. (11 tracks; 66:13 minutes)
  

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JAZZ IN SPACE: RYAN COHAN, ANOTHER LOOK

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

RYAN COHAN, ANOTHER LOOK


Armed with a cache of top-notch original tunes and an equally strong supporting cast of musicians like vibes player Joe Locke, saxophonist Geof Bradford and drummer Kobie Watkins, there’s much to savor on pianist Ryan Cohan’s sophomore release, “Another Look” (Motema Music). On the scene since 1993, Cohan has a sure touch on the keys and balances superior original material (“Monk’n Around,” “Song For My Grandfather”) with energetic arrangements of Victor Feldman’s “Joshua” and Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,” both of which showcase Cohan’s dazzling chops, while go-to percussionist Steve Kroon adds hints of mystery and exoticism. Flawlessly self-produced, “Another Look” is a model for modern jazz piano albums, full of tangible moments of undiluted pleasure throughout. (11 tracks; 66:13 minutes)
  

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