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Editors’ Notes

A number of Israeli jazz musicians have come into their own in the early 21st century. Bassist Omer Avital, pianist Anat Fort, clarinetist Anat Cohen, and numerous others have made a big splash in New York, Israel, and elsewhere. Anat’s brother, the bassist Avishai Cohen, has played with Danilo Perez, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, and others, and has released a number of his own albums since the late 1990s. Cohen has a warm tone on his instrument, and can say a lot with a handful of notes. On Gently Disturbed he’s joined by the young Israeli pianist Shai Maestro and his longtime rhythm cohort, the American drummer Mark Guiliana, and the trio’s distinctive approach draws from a number of sources. Two traditionals, “Lo Baiom Velo Balyla” and “Puncha Puncha,” are just a couple of the tracks that display the influence of classical music, while “Eleven Wives” possesses the grandeur of a pop anthem by Radiohead or Coldplay. (It’s easy to imagine Maestro playing keyboards in a rock group.) The off-kilter chug of “Pinzin Kinzin” points to an abstracted but far from bloodless take on funk. The album’s highlight might be the title track, where a mysterious piano melody is intriguingly shadowed by Cohen’s bass.

Customer Reviews

The complex purity of simplicity

Why do I love the Avishai Cohen Trio? Let me count the ways. I love them for the simple sounds from complex chords and varied notes. I love them for the stop and go, stop and go rhythmic patterns that naturally evolve and flow. I love them for the purity of their jazz. I have most of Cohen's work, if not all, and Gently Disturbed ranks right up there with the rest.

Careful... can be monotonous

I sampled most of the 30 second clips prior to purchasing, but did not anticipate some of the LOOONG riffs and sequences with virtually no variation. For instance, Variations on G Minor - don't count on it. Could be the my jazz ear just likes a little more variety. I'm going to keep trying, but I find that I just want to hit Skip on too many tracks.

Doesn't get any better!

The first time I started to listen to this CD I just had to buy the entire album because the music just took a hold of me. You can't really put this trio's style into one simple category - you'll have to hear your way through it...but it's one of best recordings I've heard this year!! Great playing and a wonderful variety of styles and rhythms...definitely worth getting.


Born: April 20, 1971 in Israel

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born and raised in Israel, Avishai Cohen has often combined Middle Eastern and Israeli music with both electric and acoustic jazz. Cohen began studying the piano at age 11 and was 14 when he became interested in jazz. After playing piano in a high-school jazz band, Cohen switched to the electric bass and soon fell in love with the music of Jaco Pastorius. Cohen was 16 when he enrolled in the Music & Arts High School in Jerusalem, and as a young adult, he played a few local gigs in Jerusalem before...
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Gently Disturbed (Bonus Track Version), Avishai Cohen
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 20, 2008

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