Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Avishai Cohen: Continuo

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

When Avishai Cohen (bass), Mark Guiliana (drums) and Amos Hoffman (oud) answer pianist Sam Barsh’s flowing piano lick with a resounding crash in “Nu Nu,” the whole group exerts its collective authority: This is a unit with rock-solid cohesion that knows how to kick off an album. The piano melody gets a tad repetitive before the piece ends, but the force of the music-coupled with an East-meets-jazz approach wherein an oud has never sounded so blue-makes up for it.

Cohen asked his longtime friend Hoffman to join the trio for several of Continuo’s tunes, to fully develop the music’s blend of quasi-classical, composed qualities and solo sections. The tonal combination works, especially on “Continuo” where Cohen switches to electric six-string and doubles the melody with Hoffman.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.