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Israeli bassist, vocalist and composer Avishai Cohen came into the spotlight in the ‘90s as a member of Origin, a sextet led by the pianist Chick Corea, who released Cohen’s first few solo albums. On Seven Seas, Cohen combines jazz, pop, Latin, and traditional Jewish elements to create a distinctive sound. “Dreaming” and “About a Tree (Oyfn Weg Shteyt a Bohm)” feature wordless vocals; the first track has a nice Latin-tinged stretch, and the latter cut has a pleasing Jewish-flavored melody. The title track is an uptempo smoker with Shai Maestro’s piano evoking Afro-Cuban music, and Itomar Doari’s charged percussion recalling both the Caribbean and the Middle East. And Cohen’s bass — bowed and pizzicato — is on fire. “Ani Aff” finds Karen Malka and Cohen intoning Hebrew lyrics with a punchy horn section behind them. “Hayo Hayta” is the sort of finely rendered chamber jazz you might hear on an ECM release. “Tres Hermanicas Eran,” with an unaccompanied Cohen on piano and vocals, closes the album. The gentle, moody song features lyrics in Ladino, or Judeo-Spanish.

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A MUST HAVE !

Laissez-vous transporter par la musique d'Avishai !

Yeah finally

Good but was expecting more from an anticipated albums
Still luv ya

Didn't like the singing style

I like most of his work. This album was a bit different. Didn't like the singing so much 😕

Biography

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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