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Anat Cohen: Notes From the Village

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Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen

A new name and voice have risen up in the jazz horn player scene and, for a change, they belong to a woman. Commanding clarinetist (and saxophonist on the side) Anat Cohen boldly entered the jazz atmosphere in 2007, with her acclaimed albums Noir and Poetica, and she generally became an instant sensation. Notes From the Village, her new recording for the Anzic label, is a solid and diverse next step in her exciting musical adventure thus far.

Once again, we can appreciate the Israeli-in-NYC Cohen’s flowing facility and creative heat on a jazz instrument in need of new heroes (and heroines), but she also demonstrates a flair and healthy curiosity as a composer. “Until You’re in Love Again” gleams with balladic sensitivity, mixing jazz sonorities with traces of Jewish melodic heritage. Her playful “J Blues” is a trickily hip, kinetically syncopated variation on the blues, and “Lullaby for the Naïve Ones” is an alluring exercise in more modular composition.

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