Winnipeg Free Press Picks Claroscuro!

– Anat Cohen, Claroscuro (Anzic Records)

Multi-reedist Anat Cohen showcases her versatility as an instrumentalist and in her choice of musical styles on her sixth album as a leader. The Israeli-born, New York-based Cohen combines buoyant dances and dark ballads; thus the title, which describes the play of light and shade in art.

Cohen — playing clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor and soprano saxophones — swings on an Artie Shaw tune, Nightmare, and transports La Vie En Rose from Paris to New Orleans with the help of trombonist and vocalist Wycliffe Gordon. She and her working band of pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Daniel Freedman are also joined by clarinet great Paquito D’Rivera and percussionist Gilmar Gomes. And The World Weeps, a Dr. Lonnie Smith blues, is a tour de force with saxophonist Cohen and trombonist Gordon getting down and dirty, with a Middle Eastern tinge.

Another great Cohen recording.

By Chris Smith

Anat in the wall street journal

The New York jazz community, long populated by players from around the world, has seen a major influx of excellent Israeli musicians in last 20 years.

Among this crowd, the stand-out is doubtless Anat Cohen, who as a clarinetist and multi-reedist has topped several jazz polls in recent years. Now living in Williamsburg, Ms. Cohen in 2009 became the first Israeli-born bandleader to play the Village Vanguard. This week, she returns to the jazz shrine on Seventh Avenue.

Read the entire Tad Hendrickson piece on the Wall Street Journal