Israel is renowned for exporting some of the finest jazz musicians in recent years and Avishai Cohen has to be at the top of the list.
Born in 1970, this musician first came to our attention with the 2005 release of At Home. It heralded Cohen's position as one of the finest modern day musicians. And showcased his musical ability and variety. A track called Punk, took his jazz playing in a hectic but smooth groove which provided one of the highlights.
His instrument of choice is the double bass which he plays with passion and determination.
But not content with delivering a stunning album in the shape of At Home, Cohen has followed it up with an album recorded in Sweden.
Continuo features a track dedicated to the poet and playwright Elisheva Greenbaum who died in 2005. A haunting at times piece, while the rest of the album evokes a meeting of the West and the Middle East.
"Fusing the two worlds of East and West. These elements together produced the combination of sounds I was looking for, and created a nice balance between composed and improvised music," Cohen says.
As well as recording his own material, Cohen has worked with some very notable names in music. 2003 saw him record with Alicia Keys while he has also performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and The Boston Pops Symphony.
To date, including his latest Continuo, Cohen has delivered seven albums, long may he continue perfecting his fine jazz and fusing it in his own unique way.
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