Friday August 17, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival 2012
The final Harbor Stage act on Saturday proved to be one of the most memorable of the weekend, with three of the most important clarinetists in jazz joining together as one. George Wein made a rare appearance at the microphone, explaining that he’d been trying to get Anat Cohen, Ken Peplowski and Evan Christopher together for three years and he seemed elated by the fact that it finally came to pass.
Violinist Jenny Scheinman opened up the Harbor Stage in duo with Frisell, and they eased the audience into day two. Their set shifted between serenity and playfulness, as both musicians mirrored each other’s intentions, finished each other’s thoughts and gleefully played cat and mouse (“Rag”). Anat Cohen also returned for another go-‘round, joining brothers Yuval and Avishai on the Fort Stage. The 3 Cohens delivered a set in support of Family (Anzic, 2011), and performed with telepathic rapport throughout. While Anat favors her tenor saxophone in this band, she picked up the clarinet for another stab at “The Mooche.” This Ellington classic garnered plenty of applause, but originals, like “Family” and the über-hip “Shufla De Shufla” provided a better sense of the Cohen family’s roots.
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