Monday April 13, 2015
Review: Anat Cohen brings clarinet into modern era with flair
By Dan Emerson
Anyone who might consider the clarinet an outdated instrument with no place in modern jazz should hear Anat Cohen, who performed at the Dakota jazz club Sunday night.
Cohen, who was born and raised in Israel but now lives in New York, has been credited with helping restore the clarinet — which fell out of favor during the bebop boom of the 1940s — to its rightful place.
Wearing all black, with shiny, high-topped leather boots, Cohen wouldn’t have looked out of place onstage at a punk rock club. She does bring some rock-style energy and enthusiasm to her music, with an admirable willingness to reach far and wide for material.
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