Notes from the Village

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Anat Cohen's fourth CD as a leader has her clarinet nestled snugly in a modern progressive jazz quartet, playing her original music and select standards rearranged to suit her multicultural tastes. Klezmer, African, and gospel musics are not beyond her purview as injected into this diverse music, all vehicles that are perfect for her lilting, imaginative, bold, and eminently tuneful woodwind. With the extraordinary pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Omer Avital, and drummer Daniel Freedman, Cohen has a talented, seasoned, and likeminded peer group to execute fully her vision and personal brand of jazz that only she can claim. The dancing mode of "Washington Square Park," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Anat Cohen's fourth CD as a leader has her clarinet nestled snugly in a modern progressive jazz quartet, playing her original music and select standards rearranged to suit her multicultural tastes. Klezmer, African, and gospel musics are not beyond her purview as injected into this diverse music, all vehicles that are perfect for her lilting, imaginative, bold, and eminently tuneful woodwind. With the extraordinary pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Omer Avital, and drummer Daniel Freedman, Cohen has a talented, seasoned, and likeminded peer group to execute fully her vision and personal brand of jazz that only she can claim. The dancing mode of "Washington Square Park," one of three selections with guest guitarist Gilad Hekselman (remember that name), is absolutely irresistible, a joyous and celebratory theme from tribal sources via the perky soprano sax of Cohen. Lindner rearranged the famous Ernesto Lecuona standard "Siboney" in typical solemn tones, while a similarly serene version of John Coltrane's "After the Rain" is enhanced by the assured and poignant bass clarinet of the leader. Cohen interprets Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" uniquely in a stealthy, late-night soul brew, and her version of "Jitterbug Waltz" is literally jittery -- a spiky, super-kinetic, staccato-saturated idea, bouncing off the walls. Cohen's "J Blues" mixes probing south side Chicago street smarts with active New York City klezmer, and the pensive "Until You're in Love Again" also reflects Jewish heritage. Then there's "Lullaby for the Naïve Ones," coming straight from a children's music box, cemented by the tinkling Rhodes of the ever aware and uniquely talented Lindner. What makes Cohen's music so special, aside from the high level of musicianship, is her fertile imagination. Through all of her efforts as a leader there's hardly a speck of filler, but rather a wealth of ideas and the desire to expand the purview of her instrument beyond putative traditional swing. In the liner notes, Ira Gitler deems her as transcendent and formidable, an apt description for the best modern jazz clarinetist in current-day jazz, and perfectly reflective of this excellent recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Anzic Records
  • UPC: 896434001177
  • Catalog Number: 1302
  • Sales rank: 15,778

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anat Cohen Primary Artist, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Omer Avital Bass
Jason Lindner Piano, Keyboards, Prophet Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Daniel Freedman Percussion, Drums
Gilad Hekselman Guitar
Technical Credits
Ernesto Lecuona Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Fats Waller Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Mark Wilder Mastering
Jason Lindner Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Daniel Freedman Arranger
Anat Cohen Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Todd Chalfant Cover Photo
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