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Playing the Room

Avishai Cohen - Yonathan Avishai

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Piano and trumpet duets are relatively rare. In 1928, while recording Weather Bird, Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines kicked things off, followed much later by Chet Baker and Paul Bley (with Diane in 1985), Tom Harrell and Jacky Terrasson (Moon and Sand in 1991), Martial Solal and Eric le Lann (Portrait in Black and White in 2000), Martial Solal and Dave Douglas (Rue de Seine in 2006), Uri Caine and Paolo Fresu (Things in 2006), Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani (Rava Plays Rava in 1999 and The Third Man in 2007), Oscar Peterson on five albums (with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis and Harry “Sweets” Edison), Clark Terry’s One On One in 2000 (with fourteen different pianists!) and, most recently, Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith (A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke in 2016)... Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai have known each other since their teens in Tel Aviv. The pianist even featured on the trumpeter’s two ECM albums, Into the Silence and Cross My Palm With Silver. Their innate complicity allows them to improvise freely, playfully, and intensely on Playing the Room, their first work as a duo. As the title suggests, the two Israelis also incorporate the room – in this case the Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI studio in Lugano – into their sound and they make full use of its resonant acoustics. They each sign a theme in turn before embarking on an eclectic repertoire by John Coltrane (Cresent), Duke Ellington (Azalea), Abdullah Ibrahim (Kofifi Blue), Ornette Coleman (Dee Dee), Milt Jackson (Ralph’s New Blues), Alexander Argov (Shir Eres) and Stevie Wonder (Sir Duke). And they transform this heterogeneous programme into utterly moving chamber jazz. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
The Opening
00:04:32

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Yonathan Avishai, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Avishai Cohen, Composer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

2
Two Lines
00:06:25

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Yonathan Avishai, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Avishai Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

3
Crescent
00:08:28

John Coltrane, Composer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Yonathan Avishai, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Avishai Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

4
Azalea
00:03:40

Duke Ellington, ComposerLyricist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Yonathan Avishai, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Avishai Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

5
Kofifi Blue
00:06:29

ABDULLAH IBRAHIM, Composer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Yonathan Avishai, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Avishai Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

6
Dee Dee
00:03:28

Ornette Coleman, Composer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Yonathan Avishai, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Avishai Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

7
Ralph's New Blues
00:04:33

Milt Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Yonathan Avishai, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Avishai Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

8
Sir Duke
00:03:41

Stevie Wonder, Composer - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Yonathan Avishai, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Avishai Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

9
Shir Eres (Lullaby)
00:04:35

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Yonathan Avishai, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Alterman, Author - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Argov, Composer - Avishai Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 ECM Records GmbH

Album Description

Piano and trumpet duets are relatively rare. In 1928, while recording Weather Bird, Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines kicked things off, followed much later by Chet Baker and Paul Bley (with Diane in 1985), Tom Harrell and Jacky Terrasson (Moon and Sand in 1991), Martial Solal and Eric le Lann (Portrait in Black and White in 2000), Martial Solal and Dave Douglas (Rue de Seine in 2006), Uri Caine and Paolo Fresu (Things in 2006), Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani (Rava Plays Rava in 1999 and The Third Man in 2007), Oscar Peterson on five albums (with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis and Harry “Sweets” Edison), Clark Terry’s One On One in 2000 (with fourteen different pianists!) and, most recently, Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith (A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke in 2016)... Avishai Cohen and Yonathan Avishai have known each other since their teens in Tel Aviv. The pianist even featured on the trumpeter’s two ECM albums, Into the Silence and Cross My Palm With Silver. Their innate complicity allows them to improvise freely, playfully, and intensely on Playing the Room, their first work as a duo. As the title suggests, the two Israelis also incorporate the room – in this case the Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI studio in Lugano – into their sound and they make full use of its resonant acoustics. They each sign a theme in turn before embarking on an eclectic repertoire by John Coltrane (Cresent), Duke Ellington (Azalea), Abdullah Ibrahim (Kofifi Blue), Ornette Coleman (Dee Dee), Milt Jackson (Ralph’s New Blues), Alexander Argov (Shir Eres) and Stevie Wonder (Sir Duke). And they transform this heterogeneous programme into utterly moving chamber jazz. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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