Live Review: Anat Cohen Quartet at Pizza Express

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Friday March 22, 2013


Anat Cohen Quartet at Pizza Express
By: Adrian Yekkes

Anat Cohen played her first ever UK gig last night at Pizza Express Jazz in London. The final concert of her quartet’s European tour played to a full house that was left wanting more after two brilliant sets of
compositions mostly taken from her current album – Claroscuro, which she explained means clear and dark, just like the music!

This was a world class quartet with Jason Lindner on piano, Daniel Freedman on drums and Joe Martin on bass. The evening opened with a rousing version of Artie Shaw’s Nightmare, a thumping, threatening tune with Anat setting the standard for the evening with warm and deep to cool and high playing of the clarinet and later the saxophone and more than ably supported by her quartet. This is the same quartet that played on the afore named latest album and the playing was tight indeed with lots of smiles and laughter, some apparent mind reading between Lindner and Freedman in particular and a very democratic approach from Anat, with lots of long and lovely solos from her boys.

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