3 COHENS, FAMILY


The three Cohens, trumpeter Avishai, tenor saxophonist-clarinetist Anat and soprano saxophonist Yuval, kick off their third outing with a dazzling dance number, “Shufla de Shufla,” that’s sounds like a souped up Horace Silver number with a dollop of Louis Armstrong. It sets the upbeat mood for “Family,” (Anzic Records) an album that taps into jazz as a dance tradition with smartly compelling originals and stylistic arrangements of “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans” and Ellington’s blues drenched “The Mooch,” proving that the Marsalis family doesn’t own sole custody of Duke’s legacy. While the siblings are Israeli born, they’ve achieved notable success as individual soloists nationally and abroad. Avishai (SFJazz Collective) is a bright, inventive trumpeter with a sound that’s as sweet as it is tangy, while soprano sax player Yuval soars particularly on the whirling, swirling rhythm of “With a Soul Of The Greatest Of Them All (Dedicated To Charles Mingus.”) A deservedly and consistent winner of jazz polls, Anat blows fiercely on “Blues For Dandi’s Orange Bull” and later, cools it Benny Goodman-style on the dashing multi-culti “Tiger Rag,” with doses of sweet, ripe notes that swoop and swing.

“Family” honors a range of musical traditions with a harmonious flow that connects the Cohen’s heritage with America’s deep jazz roots. The breathless mix of tunes is brought to the dance floor through the exemplary skills of pianist Aaron Goldberg, fellow SFJazz Collective member, bassist Matt Penman, and beat-arrific drummer Gregory Hutchinson. These ferociously good musicians invite vocalist Jon Hendricks on board for “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” and “Roll ‘Em Pete,” two numbers that cement the Cohen’s love affair with Louis Armstrong and while Hendrick’s voice has an autumnal glow, his phrasing and resounding sincerity is killer. (10 tracks; 63:03 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: 3 COHENS, FAMILY

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

3 COHENS, FAMILY


The three Cohens, trumpeter Avishai, tenor saxophonist-clarinetist Anat and soprano saxophonist Yuval, kick off their third outing with a dazzling dance number, “Shufla de Shufla,” that’s sounds like a souped up Horace Silver number with a dollop of Louis Armstrong. It sets the upbeat mood for “Family,” (Anzic Records) an album that taps into jazz as a dance tradition with smartly compelling originals and stylistic arrangements of “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans” and Ellington’s blues drenched “The Mooch,” proving that the Marsalis family doesn’t own sole custody of Duke’s legacy. While the siblings are Israeli born, they’ve achieved notable success as individual soloists nationally and abroad. Avishai (SFJazz Collective) is a bright, inventive trumpeter with a sound that’s as sweet as it is tangy, while soprano sax player Yuval soars particularly on the whirling, swirling rhythm of “With a Soul Of The Greatest Of Them All (Dedicated To Charles Mingus.”) A deservedly and consistent winner of jazz polls, Anat blows fiercely on “Blues For Dandi’s Orange Bull” and later, cools it Benny Goodman-style on the dashing multi-culti “Tiger Rag,” with doses of sweet, ripe notes that swoop and swing.

“Family” honors a range of musical traditions with a harmonious flow that connects the Cohen’s heritage with America’s deep jazz roots. The breathless mix of tunes is brought to the dance floor through the exemplary skills of pianist Aaron Goldberg, fellow SFJazz Collective member, bassist Matt Penman, and beat-arrific drummer Gregory Hutchinson. These ferociously good musicians invite vocalist Jon Hendricks on board for “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” and “Roll ‘Em Pete,” two numbers that cement the Cohen’s love affair with Louis Armstrong and while Hendrick’s voice has an autumnal glow, his phrasing and resounding sincerity is killer. (10 tracks; 63:03 minutes)

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