Sharonne Cohen

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01/11/12    Albums

Tree of Life
Francisco Mela & Cuban Safari

Francisco Mela and his Cuban Safari take us on a journey from progressive postbop to fusion, Afro-Cuban and beyond. The drummer’s third album as a leader features a solid core group with guest appearances enhancing his diverse compositions and interpretations...


11/18/11    Albums

A Fable
Tigran Hamasyan

Tigran Hamasyan’s fourth album, a vibrant solo recording drawing from the music and poetry of his native Armenia, further solidifies the acclaim the 24-year-old pianist has garnered since his teens. While demonstrating his monster chops, the emphasis here...


11/15/11    Albums

El País de las Maravillas
Harold López-Nussa Trio

On his second U.S. recording, 26-year-old Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa leads his trio—bassist Felipe Cabrera and drummer (and younger brother) Ruy Adrian López-Nussa—through a set composed mostly of the leader’s fresh originals, merging jazz with his...


11/02/11    Albums

Etienne Charles

Trumpeter and flugelhorn player Etienne Charles’ third recording marks another chapter in his engagement with the music and culture of his homeland, Trinidad. Kaiso —a term originating in Nigeria as a form of encouragement to artists—is a style that has...


11/01/11    Concerts

The Montreal Jazz Festival: Jazz All Year Round

SFJAZZ Collective, Ari Hoenig and Maceo Parker keep things warm up north


07/28/11    Albums

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

On Fé, Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s debut for his new label, 5Passion, the Cuban pianist and composer once again bridges the worlds of jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban music, delivering a stunning collection with dexterity, passion and spirit. Faith (the title translated...


07/20/11    Albums

Jean-Michel Pilc

This intimate solo album, recorded live at the Fazioli Piano Loft of the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, N.J., captures pianist Jean-Michel Pilc during two nights of pure improvisation. The former Parisian, a New Yorker since 1995, made his...


07/07/11    Concerts

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: Gilad Hekselmann, John Benitez, Lucky Peterson & More

Second of two reviews by Sharonne Cohen on performances from the 32nd edition of festival held in Montreal on June 25 through July 4, 2011


07/07/11    Concerts

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: Live at the Gesù

First of two reviews from Sharonne Cohen on performances from the 32nd edition of festival held in Montreal on June 25 through July 4, 2011


06/14/11    Albums

Opus One
Shauli Einav

The second leader project by Israeli saxophonist Shauli Einav, an NYC city resident since 2008 and a year shy of 30, attests to his immersion in the bebop tradition while revealing a fresh and original voice. Accompanied by a formidable, tight-knit group...


05/19/11    Concerts

The Montreal Jazz Festival: Jazz All Year Round

Sharonne Cohen reviews shows by Femi Kuti, Charlie Hunter, Ibrahim Maalouf and other artists appearing in shows presented by festival


05/17/11    Albums

Ben Allison

A departure for bassist and composer Ben Allison, whose nine previous recordings featured mostly original material, this album focuses on covers, tackling material by artists as diverse as PJ Harvey, Donny Hathaway, Neil Young and Samuel Barber. Also included...


May 2011    Albums

Scenes From a Dream
Chris Minh Doky

Bassist Chris Minh Doky’s 11th album presents a trio, with drummer Larry Goldings and drummer Peter Erskine, joined on most tracks by the Dutch Metropole Orchestra conducted by Vince Mendoza. Melancholy yet inspiring in tone and cinematic in quality, the...


May 2011    Albums

21 Spices
Trilok Gurtu wtih Simon Phillips & NDR Big Band

The disparate musical roots of master percussionist Trilok Gurtu and renowned rock/jazz/fusion drummer Simon Phillips come together on 21 Spices , an East-West drummer’s summit backed by the 21-piece NDR Big Band. The album documents the pair’s long-awaited...


May 2011    Albums

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra

Treelines , from Montreal-based saxophonist-composer Christine Jensen and her Jazz Orchestra, is a dynamic recording inspired by eclectic sources—the landscapes of her native British Columbia, Canadian literature and visual art and the songs of Joni Mitchell...


March 2011    Albums

Live at Smalls
Omer Avital Quintet

The ever-evolving groups led by Israeli-born, NYC-based bassist Omer Avital are entwined with the institution that is Smalls. A member of the now-legendary Jason Lindner Big Band, its seven-year Smalls residency serving as a hotbed for a host of up-and-coming...

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Sharonne Cohen joined the JazzTimes community on Apr 09, 2010