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Dark Nights unapologetically embraces the heart of jazz

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Friday September 05, 2014

from allaboutjazz.com

Avishai Cohen – Trumpet: Dark Nights (2014)
By: Franz A. Matzner

From the brooding opening title track to the closing Chet Baker homage, “I Fall in Love Too Easily,” Dark Nights unapologetically embraces the heart of jazz. Every aspect of the album—from the cover photo, to Cohen’s precise trumpet inflections, to the trio’s dedication to immediacy and collective improvisation (and even the album’s forays into electronic affects)—is saturated with the emblematic textures, rhythms, and imagery of jazz. This is achieved with professionalism, creativity, and skill, without a wit of irony or cliché, while avoiding both navel-gazing insularity and crowd-pleasing revivalism.

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