Tuesday August 21, 2012
Anat Cohen: Claroscuro (2012)
By: Ernest Barteldes
Reed multi-instrumentalist Anat Cohen seems equally comfortable performing Brazilian jazz with Duduka Da Fonseca’s quintet, contemporary jazz with her two brothers in the Three Cohens, or Afro-Cuban and more straight-ahead material with the countless ensembles with which she has worked over the years. Claroscuro reflects Cohen’s unique ability to tackle multiple genres with the same dexterity.
This is immediately evident with pianist Jason Lindner’s “Anat’s Dance,” a contemporary tune with a Latin-esque feel that allows Cohen to stretch her own creativity as well as showcasing the band’s chemistry. Cohen, Lindner and drummer Daniel Freedman add their own individual moments, with the tune coming to an abrupt end as the piano and drums suddenly stop, leaving the bandleader to deliver the final note. Cohen travels to New Orleans with a down-tempo version of “La Vie En Rose,” played as a duet with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, who sings it in a fashion very similar to Louis Armstrong’s cover of this classic Edith Piaf song in 1950.
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