Triveni II "...compact, translucent, kaleidoscopic, and often transcendent"

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Thursday January 24, 2013


Your last best list of the year’s jazz recordings
By: Neil Tesser

‘Triveni II’ (Anzic). With this recording (the second by this trio), Israeli-born Avishai Cohen does for the trumpet what Sonny Rollins did in his saxophone-led trios of the late 50s: he displays a sense of orchestration, and an awareness of the extra-melodic capabilities of his instrument, that allows him to fill the role of a chord instrument. In the process, he obviates the need for that instrument entirely. The direction of the music, as well as the repertoire ‘” which includes tunes by Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie (as well as Ornette Coleman and Cohen himself) ‘” suggest a modern mainstream quartet, and you’d expect to find piano or guitar in the mix. But Cohen’s superlative ability to suggest harmonies fills in the gaps; so does his knack for slipping the trumpet in and out of the rhythm section, often freeing bassist Omer Avital (Cohen’s lantzman) and even drummer Nasheet Waits to take on some of the melody work themselves. The resulting music is compact, translucent, kaleidoscopic, and often transcendent.

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