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Avishai Cohen/Yonathan Avishai: Playing the Room (ECM)

In the 2019 DownBeat Critics Poll, Avishai Cohen did not make the top 20 on his instrument. Yet very few living trumpet players have made as many excellent records as Cohen. Playing the Room strips a Cohen ensemble to the minimum, a duo, which provides maximum focus on his specific creative resources. They begin with … Read More “Avishai Cohen/Yonathan Avishai: Playing the Room (ECM)”

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Yonathan Avishai: Joys and Solitudes (ECM)

Israeli-French pianist Yonathan Avishai’s ECM debut begins with five seconds of silence. It’s exhilarating on first listen, as a whole universe of notes, phrases, melodies, and rhythms hang in the air, unsure of whether to fall into an orderly line or scatter across the aural canvas like a Jackson Pollock original. Avishai knows the allure … Read More “Yonathan Avishai: Joys and Solitudes (ECM)”

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