After the Big Rain

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Avishai Cohen's After the Big Rain is an ambitious, earthy and endlessly surprising work that finds the trumpeter/composer melding post-bop, avant-garde jazz, African folk music and electric soundscapes. Having been a force on the downtown NYC jazz scene since the '90s, Cohen has made a name for himself as an adventurous, forward-thinking musician performing in various ensembles that mixed everything from klezmer and free jazz to swinging hard bop and post-rock. Here, Cohen takes his world music inclinations one step further partnering with West African vocalist/guitarist Lionel Loueke on a series of loosely connected pieces that strongly feature Loueke's moody singing and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Avishai Cohen's After the Big Rain is an ambitious, earthy and endlessly surprising work that finds the trumpeter/composer melding post-bop, avant-garde jazz, African folk music and electric soundscapes. Having been a force on the downtown NYC jazz scene since the '90s, Cohen has made a name for himself as an adventurous, forward-thinking musician performing in various ensembles that mixed everything from klezmer and free jazz to swinging hard bop and post-rock. Here, Cohen takes his world music inclinations one step further partnering with West African vocalist/guitarist Lionel Loueke on a series of loosely connected pieces that strongly feature Loueke's moody singing and percussive guitar. Interestingly, the album often sounds more like African folk music than jazz with Loueke setting a song up and then Cohen with his muted/electronically enhanced trumpet and keyboardist Jason Lindner's wave-like Fender Rhoades joining in organically after a few bars. Cohen himself is a fire brand of an improviser who evinces both a Miles Davis-like sense of harmonic color and a knack for muscular, knotty Woody Shaw-inspired improvisational lines. Here, he mixes both styles liberally, often bumping against Yosvany Terry's rhythmic "jack-in-the-box" sounding chereke playing. In many ways, After the Big Rain harkens back to trumpeter Don Cherry's stellar 1975 jazz/world fusion album Brown Rice and in a similar sense is a moving and enveloping early masterwork.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Anzic Records
  • UPC: 616892887928
  • Catalog Number: 5101
  • Sales rank: 64,487

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 After the Big Rain - Lionel Loueke (6:15)
  2. 2 Parto Forte - Lionel Loueke (11:48)
  3. 3 Gbede Temin - Lionel Loueke (4:38)
  4. 4 Meditation on Two Chords - Lionel Loueke (8:16)
  5. 5 Afterthoughts (Mozartine) - Lionel Loueke (7:19)
  6. 6 Miryama - Lionel Loueke (3:44)
  7. 7 African Daisy (La Suite African) - Lionel Loueke (11:04)
  8. 8 After the Big Rain (Epilogue) - Lionel Loueke (6:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Avishai Cohen Primary Artist, Trumpet
Omer Avital Acoustic Bass
Jason Lindner Keyboards, fender rhodes
Yosvany Terry Chekere
Daniel Freedman Percussion, Drums
Lionel Loueke Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Allan Tucker Mastering
Jason Lindner Composer
Avishai Cohen Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Frederik Rubens Engineer
Lionel Loueke Composer, translation
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