Anat Cohen "has a vibrant musicality"

March 4th, 2013

from writteninmusic.com

ANAT COHENCLAROSCURO
By: Henning Bolte

Anat Cohen (1975), the middle of the Cohen family of musicians from Tel Aviv, has a vibrant musicality, is all music (for the Cohen family see HERE and HERE to Written In Music ). Her game – on clarinets and saxophones – is pure musical pleasure, her own pleasure and equal enjoyment of the listener and viewer. Meanwhile, working from New York, she plays mostly standard repertoire which she effortlessly bandwidth covers evidenced by the 11 pieces on this album come: Abdullah Ibrahim (South African), Pixinguinha, Buarque, Cartola (Brazilian), Borges (Cuban), Mack / Louiguy / Piaf (French), Artie Shaw, Dr.. Lonnie Smith (North American). Three pieces are originals: Kick off of Cohen himself, the opener Anat’s Dance of pianist Jason Lindner and All Brothers drummer Daniel Freedman.

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Anat Cohen to make her UK debut

February 21st, 2013

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Anat Cohen to make her UK debut
By: Stephen Graham

She’s been on the cover of both Downbeat and Jazz Times, and with the release of her latest album Claroscuro as recently as the autumn, the multi-award winning clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone player Anat Cohen, with a finely honed individualism in her extraordinarily burnished playing, here achieves maximum impact with her down home version of Abdullah Ibrahim’s ‘The Wedding’. That version alone along with her reputation Stateside should whet the appetites of UK jazz fans sufficiently to draw the serious jazz heads down to the Soho basement club she’s to play when the Israeli-born musician debuts in the UK for a first appearance in London next month as part of a brief European tour. With a band on the album that includes the hip Jason Lindner on piano, skilled bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Daniel Freedman, all of whom are making the trip, there’s much to savour from the deep traditions of jazz clarinet onwards towards the modern global sound on an album that playfully uses the Spanish spelling of the Italian word ‘chiaroscuro’ in its title. Don’t forget to catch Cohen’s wonderful take on Artie Shaw’s ‘Nightmare’, with Paquito d’Rivera guesting, if you pick up Claroscuro.

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3 Cohens, many influences

February 4th, 2013

from southflorida.com

3 Cohens, many influences
By: Bob Weinberg

George Wein’s Newport All-Stars seemed a bit out of place among the percussive, groove-heavy lineup of San Juan’s 2010 Heineken Jazz Fest. How would a bluesy, traditional jazz group fare amidst a roster of Latin-jazz superstars? And yet, when the band’s clarinetist, the Israeli-born Anat Cohen, started blowing hot ‘n’ sweet notes into the humid night air, the largely Puertorriqueño audience stood and cheered as if she were a daughter of the Enchanted Isle.

Ovations for Cohen’s virtuosity have been fairly universal. She topped December’s DownBeat Readers Poll on her instrument and has a virtual lock on best clarinetist — six years running — as voted on by the Jazz Journalists Association.

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Claroscuro on Best Jazz CDs of 2012

January 10th, 2013

from ksfr.org

Anat Cohen’s album “Claroscuro” will be featured on KSFR’s Good Morning Jazz – Best Jazz CDs of 2012 show. You can stream it at ksfr.org from 9:00 AM to noon mountain time.

Claroscuro, "a multicultural journey"

January 2nd, 2013

from sfgate.com

Review: A look at overlooked albums of 2012
By: The Associated Press (Excerpt by Charles J. Gans)

Israeli-born Anat Cohen is doing her utmost to ensure that the clarinet no longer remains an overlooked instrument in modern jazz. On “Claroscuro” — a Spanish term referring to the play between light and dark in painting — Cohen offers a variety of tonal shades ranging from light buoyant tunes to dark intense multilayered pieces as she takes her listeners on a multicultural journey with stops in West Africa, New Orleans, Brazil and her present home, New York.

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Jazz artist Anat Cohen creates a dance to remember

December 17th, 2012

from kansascity.com

Jazz artist Anat Cohen creates a dance to remember
By: Bill Brownlee

The inspiration for “Anat’s Dance,” the title of a selection performed by the Anat Cohen Quartet at the Folly Theater on Friday, wasn’t difficult to discern. Cohen spent much of the evening rapturously swaying, displaying uninhibited salsa moves and pumping a fist in the air.

Her exhilaration was wholly warranted. The concert for an audience of about 400 contained an unbroken series of ecstatically astonishing moments.

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Anat Cohen offers the world’s jazz

December 12th, 2012

from kansascity.com

Jazz Town: One player offers the world’s jazz
By: Joe Klopus

Award-winning multireedist Anat Cohen is on a musical journey around all the world’s styles. For example, her new album has songs from France, Brazil, South Africa and the heart of the jazz tradition.

This expansive journey, which brings her and her quartet to the Folly Theater on Friday, had its earthly starting point in Tel Aviv, Israel. But the spiritual starting point for this thoroughly modern player was New Orleans.

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3 Cohens showcase their abilities for songwriting, playing and passionate improvisation

December 11th, 2012

from blogs.opb.org

Top 10 Albums of 2012
By: Matt Fleeger

The 3 Cohen siblings (Yuval, Anat, Avishai) showcase their abilities for songwriting, playing and passionate improvisation on this swinging, hard-driving release. Guest vocalist Jon Hendricks joins the band for a couple of tunes – making this album a diverse, and solid, listen the whole way through. There’s something special about listening to three musicians who have spent their entire lives playing together – and the three Cohens demonstrate that familial bond perfectly on this release.

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