Gently Disturbed (Bonus Track Version) by Avishai Cohen on Apple Music

12 Songs

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.

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.

TITLE TIME
2:50
5:10
5:25
6:30
3:53
5:16
3:48
6:16
5:33
5:42
6:20
5:31

About Avishai Cohen

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, he 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 before being drafted into the Israeli army. When Cohen's two years in the military ended, he was able to concentrate on jazz once again and decided to try the acoustic bass, which became his main instrument for much of the '90s.

In 1992, Cohen moved to New York without having any real connections there, and ended up paying the rent being a mover and a construction worker. But after making some connections in the New York jazz scene, he went on to play live gigs with such notables as Ravi Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Paquito D'Rivera, Roy Hargrove, and Leon Parker. One of his most fruitful associations was with Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez, who employed him on his 1996 session, Panamonk.

After coming to the attention of Chick Corea and his longtime business partner, Ron Moss, Cohen was signed to their Stretch label and recorded his first album, Adama, in 1997. The following year, Corea hired Cohen to play in his newly created acoustic outfit, Origin. Colors was released in mid-2000, after which Cohen moved back to Israel. Also around this time, he formed his own RazDaz, releasing 2005's At Home and 2006's Continuo, both of which found him exploring a more varied stylistic palette, from jazz to funk, rock to ethnic fusion. The trio effort Gently Disturbed appeared in 2008, followed by Aurora in 2009.

Two years later, Cohen moved to Blue Note for Seven Seas. He then joined pianist Nitai Hershkovits for 2012's Duende. The classical and Middle Eastern-tinged Almah followed a year later. The bassist then recorded again with Hershkovits, and drummer Daniel Dor, for the serious-minded trio effort From Darkness on RazDaz. In 2017, he delivered the soulful, genre-bending studio effort 1970. ~ Alex Henderson

  • ORIGIN
    Israel
  • BORN
    Apr 20, 1971

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