Shifting Sands / Avishai Cohen Trio

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A few months ago, Avishai Cohen was releasing his symphonic album “Two Roses”, a “once in a lifetime project", he said. After a successful release...

A few months ago, Avishai Cohen was releasing his symphonic album “Two Roses”, a “once in a lifetime project", he said. After a successful release and more than a hundred reviews around the world – the Israeli composer, singer, and bass player returns to jazz with a dazzling new trio: Elchin Shirinov, still on the piano and, on drums, the arrival of the young and incredibly talented Roni Kaspi, who joined the band during the 2021 summer tour. This new album “Shifting Sands”, recorded in August 2021, re-engages with this very special alchemy that Cohen’s music provides: fresh and expansive melodic lines, diverse and sophisticated rhythms and a musical elegance that only he can achieve.

REVIEW:

Consistency and excellence are two of the most fundamental requisites for achieving an optimal career in music. The Israeli bassist and composer Avishai Cohen has maintained those standards for many years, and his new trio emerges with a powerful offering that should reinforce his status as a jazz-based titan. This formation enlists familiar, longtime collaborator Elchin Shirinov on piano with a relative newcomer and recent Berklee graduate, 21-year old drummer Roni Kaspi. The results of their initial collaboration are stirring from start to finish.

Cohen's confidence in his team and his material is apparent from how often he remains in the background. On the opening "Intertwined," Shirinov sets the tone and gets the first solo while Kaspi snaps across the rims and cymbal heads in lead-type notation. Cohen does not come to the fore until two songs later, on the relaxed "Dvash," the first of three solo-type interludes, then demonstrates his proficiency on the bow during "Chacha Rom." "Hitragut" is a sweet summer song that lands like a Central Park serenade. Many pieces follow a basic structure that begins with one or two sharply repeated patterns, rolls into transitional overlaps, then returns along the opening framework in a formula that fits the album's title theme perfectly.

One of the most impressive things about this this exceptional record is how much masterful mileage each member gets from a relatively small number of notes or beats. Top rank creativity, aptitude, and technique are some other things that make for musical success. There is an abundance of all that and more to be found in this new trio.

-- AllAboutJazz.com (Phillip Woolever)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 13, 2022


  • UPC: 3700187675943


  • Catalog Number: M7594


  • Label: Naïve


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Jazz


  • Composer: Avishai Cohen


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Avishai Cohen Trio



Works:


  1. Intertwined

    Composer: Avishai Cohen

    Performer: Avishai Cohen, Elchin Shirinov, Roni Kaspi


  2. The Window

    Composer: Avishai Cohen

    Performer: Avishai Cohen, Elchin Shirinov, Roni Kaspi


  3. Dvash

    Composer: Avishai Cohen

    Performer: Avishai Cohen, Elchin Shirinov, Roni Kaspi


  4. Joy

    Composer: Avishai Cohen

    Performer: Avishai Cohen, Elchin Shirinov, Roni Kaspi


  5. Below

    Composer: Avishai Cohen

    Performer: Avishai Cohen, Elchin Shirinov, Roni Kaspi


  6. Shifting Sands

    Composer: Avishai Cohen

    Performer: Avishai Cohen, Elchin Shirinov, Roni Kaspi


  7. Cha Cha Rom

    Composer: Avishai Cohen

    Performer: Avishai Cohen, Elchin Shirinov, Roni Kaspi


  8. Hitragut

    Performer: Avishai Cohen, Elchin Shirinov, Roni Kaspi


  9. Video Game

    Composer: Avishai Cohen

    Performer: Avishai Cohen, Elchin Shirinov, Roni Kaspi


  10. Kinderblock

    Composer: Avishai Cohen

    Performer: Avishai Cohen, Elchin Shirinov, Roni Kaspi