Wednesday November 07, 2012
CD Review: Anat Cohen “Claroscuro”
By: Ron Netsky
Since her move from Israel to New York in 1999, Anat Cohen has dazzled audiences on a variety of reed instruments including clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, and tenor sax. She is also one of those rare players who is somehow capable of spanning the entirety of jazz history on one album or song. That’s certainly the case on her cleverly named new CD, “Claroscuro.” The word is the Spanish version of the Italian term chiaroscuro, the intensely contrasting lighting that lends drama to the works of painters like Caravaggio. Claroscuro is not only an apt metaphor for the dynamic range of Cohen’s music; it’s also a nice pun on her clarinet prowess.
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