Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Tightrope

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Tightrope

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3 Cohens

Tightrope

Anzic Records ANZ0043

Anat Cohen (cl, ts) Avishal Cohen (tp) Yuval Cohen (ss) Fred Hersch (p-trks 3, 9, 12) Christian McBride (b-trk 6) Johnathan Blake (d-trk 6). Brooklyn, NY, February 13 & 14, 2013

Blueport/Conversation 1/Song Without Words #4, Duet/Conversation 2/ Black/Just Squeeze Me/Hot House/There's No You/Estate/Conversation 3/ Indiana/I Mean You/It Might As Well/Festive Minor/Conversation 4/Conversation 5/Ai Li Lu Li Lu/Mantra. TT 57:35

This is the fourth recording to be released by the three Cohens. Each is quite different and this latest one is probably the most challenging one so far. Only four tracks have more musicians present than the Cohens. This makes for each of the Cohens to solo and accompany at various times. I would think this would be a train wreck if the three musicians did not have the rapport and talent to execute. However, you must remember that they have been playing together for nearly all their lives. Just in case you do not know they consist of one sister and two brothers. The album has a proper title as it is a musical tightrope they must musically walk. However, it is well worth the effort as the result is a splendid and interesting recording. …

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