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Anat Cohen Tentet: Triple Helix (Anzic)

Few musical ploys are as riveting as intricacy, especially when the ensemble at hand is sizable. But without a wealth of eloquence in play, elaboration can be its own worst enemy, a knot of tangles void of emotion. Anat Cohen knows this, and though her Tentet’s second album boasts some truly formidable crossweaves, there’s seldom … Read More “Anat Cohen Tentet: Triple Helix (Anzic)”

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Live Review: Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

In its 21st year, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival has grown from an informal gathering at founder Lorenzo Sancassani’s beachfront pizza joint into a sprawling, weeklong affair that travels from one end of the island to the other. The majority of the concerts take place in towns along the resort-speckled north coast, all free of … Read More “Live Review: Dominican Republic Jazz Festival”

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Anat Cohen – Two New Albums on Anzic

Clarinetist Anat Cohen continues her fertile embrace of Brazilian music on this pair of simultaneously released records. As with Alegria Da Casa, her 2015 debut collaboration with Trio Brasileiro, Rosa Dos Ventos revels in the lively, ragtime-oriented alacrity of Brazilian choro music. This time, however, the quartet pushes the boundaries, relying on all originals for … Read More “Anat Cohen – Two New Albums on Anzic”

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Anat Cohen: Luminosa

Anat Cohen has always loved Brazil’s music, and her seventh disc, Luminosa, goes deep down that rabbit hole. The Israeli multireedist’s quartet (keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Daniel Freedman) assays Brazilian standards and Brazilian-flavored Cohen originals, and infuses a Flying Lotus cover with the spirit of carnaval. It’s her best album yet. … Read More “Anat Cohen: Luminosa”

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