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Friday January 31, 2020

From WBGO

Anat Cohen & Oded Lev-Ari on a Grammy Nod, and Their Role in an Israeli Jazz Renaissance
By: SIMON RENTNER

“For Cohen, an acclaimed clarinetist, and Lev-Ari, an accomplished composer, Triple Helix is just the latest in a long list of collaborations ‘” their 17th recording project (by my count) together since launching Anzic Records in 2007.

It also marks Cohen’s third Grammy nomination, though in this case, the third time wouldn’t be the charm. The award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album went instead to trumpeter Brian Lynch for The Omni-American Book Club (Hollistic MusicWorks).

But Cohen and Lev-Ari, prominent Israeli jazz artists who met at the now-legendary Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts, aren’t the type to get hung up over disappointments. During their conversation on The Checkout, they talked about their early experiences in Tel Aviv and the considerable wave of gifted young Israeli jazz musicians to which they now belong. ‘I don’t think of myself as someone paving the way,’ says Cohen, ‘but I’m part of a movement.’”

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