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Anat Cohen: Swing Dancer

Reclaiming melody, emotion and movement for modern jazz

Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen with Jason Lindner, New Orleans Jazz Festival, April 2011
Anat Cohen at Avatar Studios, NYC, 12/11
The 3 Cohens: Avishai, Yuval and Anat, Tel Aviv, 2011
Anat Cohen, Winter Jazz Fest, NYC, 1/11

During the 2011 Winter Jazz Fest in New York, Anat Cohen previewed some of the material from her Claroscuro album, which is finally being released in September on her Anzic label. She began with “All Brothers,” a postbop tune imbued with African flavors, written by her drummer Daniel Freedman, introduced by Jason Lindner’s McCoy Tyner-ish piano and climaxed by Cohen’s own Coltrane-ish soprano sax, whose wailing cries climbed higher and higher in pitch with each variation on the theme.

If you stood in the crowd at Le Poisson Rouge on that January night and closed your eyes, you heard some of the hippest modern jazz around, full of rhythms and chords that clashed and then resolved. But if you opened your eyes, you saw a bandleader who didn’t give a damn about being hip or cool. You saw Cohen dancing happily about the stage like a child at recess, her dark ringlets bouncing off the back of her silver-striped, black-velvet top, her knee-high brown boots shuffling across the stage as her silver horn swung to and fro.

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