Anat Cohen brings new and old sounds to the clarinet

November 12th, 2012

from The Chicago Tribune

Only one clarinetist on earth could have come up with the album “Claroscuro,” its stylistic breadth expressing the singular esthetic of soloist Anat Cohen.

That Cohen careens on this disc from original compositions to Brazilian fare, from historic repertoire to bracing new music sums up her approach to the art of jazz improvisation and composition. That she makes all of this music sound as if belongs to a single continuum says a great deal about her gifts as bandleader and soloist.

Cohen, however, finds nothing unusual at all about the range of repertoire she explores in“Claroscuro” and elsewhere in her musical life.

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