WBGO's "Take Five": Anat Cohen

< Back

Monday March 05, 2018


Hear New Tracks by Jeremy Pelt, Anat Cohen with Fred Hersch and More, in Take Five
By: Nate Chinen

Anat Cohen & Fred Hersch, “Child’s Song”

The generous, companionable rapport between multi-reedist Anat Cohen and pianist Fred Hersch has been well documented on the bandstand, but not previously on record. In that sense Live in Healdsburg, an album releasing this Friday on Anzic Records, arrives not a moment too soon. Recorded at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival in 2016, it’s a beautiful document of mutual exchange, rooted in melody but alert to every possibility. “Child’s Song” is a pastoral ballad that Hersch composed in dedication to bassist Charlie Haden. (He has recorded it in a duo format before, with soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom.) This version of the song begins in rippling composure, and slowly expands: several minutes in, Cohen’s lyrical digression leads the duo out onto a limb, in free tempo.

Listen to the track and check out the other featured songs here
Pre-order Live in Healdsburg here