REVIEW: Downbeat Magazine, "Triveni II is a jazz improvisation fan's dream"

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Thursday November 08, 2012


Avishai Cohen, Triveni II (Anzic)
By: Frank Alkyer

Introducing Triveni was one of my favorite records of 2010. It was an introduction to trumpeter Avishai Cohen’s new trio with bassist Omer Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits. So it’s no surprise that Triveni II, recorded during the same two-day recording session in Brooklyn, delivers another powerful set. Triveni II is a jazz improvisation fan’s dream. From the opening blast of ‘Safety Land,’ Cohen has a serious command of his trumpet and a trove of ideas. Avital has uncanny rhythmic ability and some of the most powerful musicality being played on bass today. Waits, meanwhile, merges machine-gun chops with the taste of a Roy Haynes. The biggest challenge throughout this album is deciding how to listen because there’s so much music coming from the trio. The only answer is listen often’“sometimes for Cohen’s deft lines on tunes like his original composition ‘B.R. Story,’ sometimes for the locked-in groove of Avital on, say, ‘Willow Weep For Me,’ and sometimes for Waits’ fills and adornment, as on this version of Ornette Coleman’s ‘Follow The Sound.’ Triveni II is the rare sequel that’s just as good as the original.

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