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Unity

Avishai Cohen Audio CD
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1. Short Story
2. Vamp
3. Etude
4. Float
5. Island Man
6. Pause
7. Jazz Condo
8. Song For My Brother
9. A Child Is Born
10. Yagla
11. To The Love

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5.0 out of 5 stars E Pluribus Unum Feb. 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
Being a big Cohen fan and owning his first three "solo" CDs, I was afraid that I'd miss his bass playing. Not the case, or at least not enough to make me not enjoy this CD immensely. His skills on piano are formidable, and, while he's not Keith Jarrett or Fred Hersch, he wisely does not try to be and just plays some solid piano on top of, around, and between some very solid arrangements. He picks up the bass on a few tracks, but his piano skills are predominant. When I saw the word "vocals" on the cover, I was a bit scared, too. He doesn't "sing," as in with lyrics and a clear melody--he just vocalizes along with his playing, which is really cool in spots. No Keith Jarrett grunts and groans.
The theme of Unity is expressed on virtually every track, each of which seems to come from a different vein and nationality of music. The first couple of tracks have a very Latin feel, then some Middle Eastern rhythms sneak in, with a hint of classical here and there. This approach must have been a challenge to each of the musicians, a challenge to which they rose and met strongly! Really nice brass work from Lebovich on trombone and particularly Urcola on trumpet and flugelhorn. Nice flute work from Lebovich on the final track, "To the Love." Despite the individual talents of each, they seem to unify and play as one throughout the sets. No one tries to steal the show with a huge solo or domination on a single track. They play together for a common goal: good music!!
Track one, "Short Story," is a great way to open the CD and sets the stage for the wide array of styles, tempos, rhythms to follow. "Pause," a brief piano solo in the middle, also typifies this variety within a minute and ten seconds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Melting Pot Feb. 8 2002
Format:Audio CD
I had Avishai on my eye for some time, everytime I went to the record store I listen to was available from him. Them I heard this record. I listen to the first song only, it was enough... I thought "It must be great" them I bouht it and I was even more surprised for the rest of the record, and the rest of the tunes. Avishai's playing/composing is great but also is band is superb. Trumpeteer Diego Urcola is simply astonishing, with is sound, musical speech and taste... But not only him, also the others are great! I understand why Avishai thanked the producer for the listing of tracks, it's because they are very well listed letting the thing grow and making us wanna listen to it from beggining to end. Buy it please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing, completely original jazz record Dec 15 2001
Format:Audio CD
I interviewed Avishai for my radio program, and he is without doubt a jazz composer, bassist, pianist and bandleader whose talent is growing in leaps and bounds. Additionally his desire to see humanity overcome the fears and hatreds which are the bane of our world today provides inspirational fire for his new outfit, the International Vamp Band. From engaging originals like "Vamp" to a refreshing reading of "A Child is Born", this is an exciting record. The band is made of members from 4 different countries and their rich mix of musical talent creates a very satsifying listening experience. Highly recommended. The future of Jazz is safe in the hands of people like Avishai Cohen.
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By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"A CHILD IS BORN" and "SONG FOR MY BROTHER", highlight this latest release from bassist/composer/pianist and all around talented young man Avishai Cohen, with a backup that stirs all emotions through the sounds of mixed cultures and introduces you to an experience unlike any other.
Avishai Cohen shares his inner most feelings of jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern compositions, this can only be described "original" and "appealing" to all people in the world of music, especially jazz...with the help of The International Vamp Band, this is not one to be missed.
Total Time 63:02 on 11 Tracks ~ Concord/Stretch Records SCD-9036-2 ~ (2001)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Etude May 28 2002
Format:Audio CD
I heard Avishai play in a small club in Northampton, MA. At the end of his knockout show, there was a parade of all of the spectators who shook his hand and bought this CD on the way out. He is a wonderful stand-up bassist, and is very creative as a bass player, probably more than his ability as a pianist. But he is also a tremendous composer, and is helped here by the very talented horn man Diego Urcola (although there is no weak position on this album.) The sound is Latin/Middle Eastern with a very healthy dose of Chick Corea. They totally nailed the cut "Etude" live, and you can get a good feel for this on the CD. BUY THIS CD! Avishai is very cool.
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