Avishai Cohen is, undoubtedly, one of the most talented and most interesting Jazz bassists today. As a bassist, seeing live was a very inspiring experience, and I learened a lot, not to mention enjoyed it greatly.
Although buying a CD right after the concert is sometimes a recepie for disappointment, this one wasn't. The CD is very pleasent to hear, and can be an excellent Jazz background CD, to work or relax to its sound.
However, it has much more that that. I haven't listened carefully to the bass playing yet, but I am certain it is great. The tunes are almost classical by sound, and yet, manage to be intetresting and constantly developing as Jazz should be.
My favorite piece is "Remembering". The basswork there is minimal, and the piano does most of the work. Yet, the result is such a beautiful Duet between them, that it is impossible to resist. Actually, earing it on radio made me search for this CD long before the concert.
The other songs are all worthy counterparts. Cohen's bands are excellent and do a great job in placing the bass in the center, and yet, not disappearing into the background. I must comment, though, that although Cohen's Upright Bass playing is innovative, original and interesting, there is nothing new in his Electric Bass playing. He plays it as he plays his upright.
However, I recommened this CD to any bass player. You should know Avishai Cohen's stuff, whether you play an upright or an electric. I bet you'll learn a lot by just listening.
In addition, I rcommened this CD to any Jazz lover, because it is indeed a very good piece of Jazz music.