Israeli contrabassist Avishai Cohen, member in the ‘90s of Chick Corea’s sextet, is one of the most respected musicians of the genre. He has released more than fifteen solo discs and has accompanied, recorded and performed with a good number of musicians; among those being Bobby McFerrin, Roy Hargrove, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nnenna Freelon & Paquito D’Rivera. He comes to the Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken with a new disc to his credit, titled Arvoles, in a new trip full of adventures and as impredictable as his musical journey over the last twenty years. Ever since the acclaimed Israeli bassist/composer became leader of his band, his recordings have evolved constantly. Avashi’s previous recording, titled 1970, became his biggest commercial hit to date, and was presented to an audience that for the most part, had not even kept up to date with his vast recording catalogue.
The obvious thing, then, would have been to simply repeat the same formula. But Avashi does not like going to places he already knows, and so Arvoles (the word in the ancient Ladino (Latin) language means Trees in English) is very different in both tone and feeling. “This time I wanted to focus on something else. I see Arvoles as a reflection of my world over the last couple of years. Let’s just say the new work shows another part of my personality. If you listen to both discs consecutively, you would get a good idea of who I am as a man, husband & father”.
Recorded with drummer Noam David (Israel) and pianist Elchin Shirinov (Azerbaijan), magnificent musicians & composers in their own right, both accompany Avishai on his extensive tour presenting the album, which will take them all around the world and take them through to the year 2020. His dynamic influences remain in this disc; there are traces of classical music and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. There’s bebop and hard bop, swing and hiphop. But with every new album his own personality shines through more emphatically.
And so once again Avishai Cohen is able to present us with a masterful chapter, full of spirit, joy, and the pure pleasure of playing and listening together. It has a different register than the previous sixteen discs and does not evolve to where the next step will lead us. But one thing is clear: it will not be where it has been before.
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AVISHAI COHEN TRIO
Avishai Cohen: Bass & vocals.
Elchin Shirinov: Piano.
Noam David: Drums.