JT Track Premiere: “Milonga del Angel” by the Anat Cohen Tentet

Track is taken from the upcoming Triple Helix album, due out June 14 on Anzic

Anat Cohen (right) and Sheryl Bailey
Anat Cohen (right) performs with Sheryl Bailey (left) and the rest of her Tentet in Verona, Italy (photo: Gabriele Lugli)

JazzTimes is honored to present the premiere of “Milonga del Angel,” the opening track on the Anat Cohen Tentet’s album Triple Helix, to be released June 14 on Anzic Records.

Written by the late Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla and arranged by the Tentet’s musical director and conductor Oded Lev-Ari, “Milonga del Angel” features Cohen on clarinet, Nadje Noordhuis on trumpet, Nick Finzer on trombone, Owen Browder on baritone saxophone, James Shipp on vibraphone and percussion, Christopher Hoffman on cello, Vitor Gonçalves on piano, Sheryl Bailey on electric guitar, Tal Mashiach on bass, and Anthony Pinciotti on drums.

Although Triple Helix features eight other tracks in addition to “Milonga del Angel,” its clear centerpiece is the three-movement concerto that gives the album its title. Composed for Cohen and the tentet by Lev-Ari, it was commissioned by New York’s Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Center for live world premieres earlier in 2019. Reviewing the Chicago performance of “Triple Helix,” the Chicago Tribune called it “a work of considerable expressive reach” and a “sensuous tonal palette,” with the Grammy-nominated Cohen “sounding like a musician transformed.”

Lev-Ari says that the concerto “wasn’t designed as a feature for Anat as a soloist with just an ensemble backdrop. I wrote it for her as the leader of an organic, interactive band, the Tentet, and the way they play together live. I composed the concerto like a tailor leaving a lot of slack in a suit: we can really let it out and expand it if we want to. It’s the most technically demanding thing I’ve ever written for her, knowing as I do what’s in her fingers and what she’s capable of on the clarinet.”

To find out more about Triple Helix and the Anat Cohen Tentet, visit Cohen’s website at anatcohen.com.