Avishai Cohen Quartet
Last summer, bassist Avishai Cohen played yet another highly rated set at Jazz Middelheim. For the Gent Jazz Festival he will be bringing along saxophonist Eli Degibri. Degibri played in 2011 at the Gent Jazz Festival in the quartet of drummer Al Foster and bassist George Mraz. In recent years Avishai Cohen has made it as one of the absolutely must-follow jazz musicians.
The Israeli bassist- composer Avishai Cohen made his breakthrough in the 1990s alongside pianist Chick Corea. Since then he has followed his own musical path in which he taps more and more into his Jewish roots. His experience in the New York jazz scene has also had a decisive influence on his playing. Last summer this virtuoso bassist did not try to impress the audience with bass solos, but let his trio be heard as one voice. He sent the audience into raptures with compelling melodies in which, besides jazz, influences such as classical and Middle Eastern music were woven.
With his quartet he goes for a set bursting with energy and threaded with solid grooves. Cohen is a captivating figure on stage as he strums, plucks, bows and slams his instrument while writhing around it. Both past and new pieces have been especially composed for this project. Alongside him plays the young pianist Nitai Hershkovits, his partner on his previous album ‘Duende’ (EMI/ Blue Note), and 19 year old drummer Ofri Nehemya, also from Israel.
Video (with other musicians than at the Ghent Jazz Festival this summer)
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