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A bow to Pops

The version of La Vie En Rose with a direct quote from the opening Trumpet solo from Louis Armstrong's recording of same, is a tribute to him

Eclectically Fantastic

Anat Cohen reigns supreme among current day jazz clarinetist. Breathing new life into a beautiful instrument (clarinet) that offers a very welcomed (IMHO) alternative voice to a genre that is overflowing with saxophones (which she also plays). In addition to her technical prowess on the horns, she’s also one of the most creative talents on the jazz scene today.

Claroscuro is a beautiful, enchanting, vibrant and -- as Paul de Barros stated in his comments -- “diverse” effort that showcases both Anat’s virtuosity and creativity. A must have compilation for us Anat Cohen fans and a great introduction to her work for those that may not be familiar with her.

In the future, for her commercial well being and my selfish listening pleasure, I’d love to see Anat hookup with a great producer that could help channel her immense talent in the direction of “The Great American Songbook” and/or, a ballads CD along the lines of the great Coltrane album. She’s got momentum right now and, I fear if she continues to move in an eclectic direction, she’ll get only a limited “art house” market share.

"warm, human, diverse and irresistible"

The clarinet went so hopelessly out of fashion in jazz after the swing era it was anybody's guess when it would make a comeback. Don Byron gained the first major yardage, but the soulful, ebullient Israeli musician Anat Cohen has scored a touchdown. Perhaps because of her international background, Cohen takes jazz as part of a great continuum of rhythm- and blues-driven world musics, so she's equally comfy wailing like a siren on a New Orleans funeral dirge ("And the World Weeps"), slinking modally over a Middle Eastern vamp ("Kick Off"), waxing spiritual on soprano saxophone with an African Kora and hand drums, and toasting Champagne licks with Cuban clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera on a Brazilian choro ("A Um Zero").

Lest you think Cohen's music is all deep and world-political, note that she's also a girl who knows how to have fun, and dance with romantic colors: to wit, a swinging take on Edith Piaf's signature song "La Vie En Rose" (with a cool, Louis Prima-like vocal by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon), and a devastating presentation of the lovesick Cartola ballad "As Rosas Nao Falam" ("The Roses Can't Speak").

This is the kind of music — warm, human, diverse and irresistible — that will not only bring the clarinet back into favor, but jazz itself

------------------------------------------ Paul de Barros, Seattle Times jazz critic -----------------------------------------


Born: 1975 in Tel Aviv, Israel

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Israeli-born saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist Anat Cohen is an adroit jazz musician with a bent toward sophisticated post-bop, Brazilian music, and layered, modern creative improvisation. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1975, Cohen grew up in a musical family along with her two brothers, soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen and trumpeter Avishai Cohen. As a child, she started with clarinet lessons, later adding saxophone while attending the Jaffa Music Centre. After completing her compulsory military...
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Claroscuro, Anat Cohen
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Sep 25, 2012

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