Similar artists

Albums

$17.49
$12.99

Vocal Jazz - Released September 22, 2017 | Masterworks

Hi-Res Booklet
His escapades towards soul, pop and folk music are not completely new. Except that with 1970, Avishai Cohen jumps feet first with a whole album into… soul, pop and folk music! The Israeli bass player admittedly never forgets the jazz soul in his music; he simply pays homage here to sounds, textures and universes that he grew up with. A mostly sung journey (both in English and in Hebrew) that he undertakes with numerous guests such as Itamar Doari on percussion, Yael Shapira on cello, Elyasaf Bishari on oud, Tal Kohavi on drums, Yonatan Daskal on keyboards and Karen Malka at the microphone. As Avishai Cohen says it himself: “it’s not a jazz record. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always had a connection to pop. I like pop as much as I like Bach and Charlie Parker. Singing has become very serious in my life over time. I’ve been asked by many people, when is the vocal album gonna come? Well, this is it, right here.” © CM/Qobuz
$12.99

Jazz - Released March 16, 2009 | Parlophone France

More than once, someone has incorrectly assumed that bassist Avishai Cohen and trumpeter Avishai Cohen are the same person. It is easy to understand why one could make that mistake; in addition to having the same name, both of them are jazz musicians who grew up in Israel and moved to New York City in the '90s (the bassist ended up moving back to Israel). But they're definitely two different people, and the Avishai Cohen on Aurora is the bassist, not the trumpeter. Aurora finds this Avishai Cohen not only playing acoustic and electric bass, but also playing acoustic piano and electric keyboards and singing. In fact, he does a great deal of singing on this 2008 recording -- which will come as a surprise to those who think of Cohen as strictly an instrumentalist. Aurora is by no means an easy album to categorize; at the risk of oversimplifying things, one possible description could be "world jazz meets post-bop meets adult alternative." Jazz is a prominent ingredient on Aurora, but so are pop/rock and world music -- and Cohen gets a lot of inspiration from Middle Eastern, North African, and Spanish music. He sings in four different languages -- Hebrew, English, Ladino (the language of Spain's Sephardic Jews), and Spanish -- on an album that is dominated by original material but also contains some traditional Jewish songs. But as unpredictable as this 53-minute CD is, Aurora has a certain continuity. Cohen sounds like he knows exactly what he's doing, and he has sympathetic support that includes Amos Hoffman on oud (a traditional Middle Eastern lute) and Karen Malka on vocals (although Cohen is the main vocalist). This album obviously wasn't designed with jazz purists in mind, but listeners who have eclectic tastes will realize that Aurora is a valuable addition to Cohen's catalog. ~ Alex Henderson
$12.99

Jazz - Released January 1, 1998 | Concord Records, Inc.

Jazz - Released March 16, 2009 | Parlophone France

Download not available

Jazz - Released October 30, 2009 | Parlophone France

Download not available
$9.99

Jazz - Released August 30, 2011 | Sunnyside

$9.99

Jazz - Released August 13, 2013 | Sunnyside

Jazz - Released November 4, 2013 | Parlophone France

Download not available
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he delicate balance of the pre-determined and the spontaneous is entirely persuasive....An instant classical/jazz hybrid classic."
$12.99

Jazz - Released January 1, 2001 | Concord Records, Inc.

$12.99

Jazz - Released January 1, 2000 | Concord Records, Inc.

$1.49

Jazz - Released February 23, 2018 | Masterworks

$17.49
$12.99

Jazz - Released September 22, 2017 | Masterworks

Hi-Res
$12.99

Jazz - Released January 1, 1999 | Concord Records, Inc.

News feed Prev. Next

Artist

Avishai Cohen (b) in the magazine
  • The Qobuz Minute #30
    The Qobuz Minute #30 Presented by Barry Moore, The Qobuz Minute sweeps you away to the 4 corners of the musical universe to bring you an eclectic mix of today's brightest talents. Jazz, Electro, Classical, World music ...