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Review: Avishai Cohen Kicks Off Tour With a Set Both Turbocharged and Ghostly

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Monday May 02, 2016

from The New York Times

Review: Avishai Cohen Kicks Off Tour With a Set Both Turbocharged and Ghostly
By Nate Chinen

During a mesmerizing stretch of Avishai Cohen’s first set at the Jazz Standard on Wednesday night, his band fell quiet and he pointed the bell of his trumpet into the belly of the club’s piano. As he played a slow cadenza in a controlled high register, each note arriving as a clarion event, the sympathetic vibrations of the piano soundboard produced a shimmer of ghostly overtones, and a sort of pressurized hush.

Mr. Cohen had just finished knocking about the title track of his superb new album, “Into the Silence,” with a disciplined quartet: Jason Lindner on piano, Tal Mashiach on bass and Justin Brown on drums. Their version of the tune felt expansive and turbocharged, flirting with formal abandon. So Mr. Cohen’s terse trumpet interlude, with its shadowy pull, could have been a way of reeling back the energies in the room.

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