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Monday November 22, 2010

From The Winnipeg Free Press

The 3 Cohens excel at adding Middle-Eastern flair to jazz
By: Chris Smith

TIGER Rag always had a handful of New Orleans spice in it when Louis Armstrong played it.

But it sounded even better Sunday with some “Middle-Eastern, Jewish spice” in the hands of the 3 Cohens.

Anat Cohen (tenor saxophones and clarinet) and her brothers Avishai (trumpet) and Yuval (soprano saxophone) gave it new life in their second concert of the weekend at the Tarbut festival.

The Cohens paid tribute to trumpet legend Armstrong with three tunes — Tiger Rag, The Mooche and Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans — that they recently performed at a Brazilian festival dedicated to Pops.

The three musicians —— Anat and Avishai based in New York City and Yuval in Tel Aviv — made a formidable front line. Each is a terrific soloist — Anat, especially, stood out playing clarinet on The Mooche, a tune she arranged — and their ensemble playing is almost uncanny in its complexity and empathy. On two tunes, the three played unaccompanied for some of the best instrumental jazz heard here in a long while.

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