September 3rd, 2013from allaboutjazz.com
Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso Feat. Leni Andrade at 54 Below
By: Ernest Barteldes
The quartet. led by Anat Cohen, kicked off its early set with a selection of classic Brazilian choros that were enhanced by the individual talents of the Israeli reeds player’s pan-Brazilian quartet, which featured accordion, acoustic seven-string guitar and pandeiro. The group’s chemistry was quite palpable, and the musicians fed on each others’ vibes, picking up immediately where one solo left off.
Cohen mixed things up, playing some Klezmer -influenced notes during her individual moments; choro and klezmer do share some similarities, especially when played in a more up-tempo, more syncopated manner. Things slowed down for Hermeto Pascoal’s “Ternura,” which began with a down-tempo guitar intro. The bluesy tune gave the musicians a chance to stretch a little further, including more emphasis on individual solos.
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