Anat Cohen Again Breathes New Life into the Jazz Clarinet

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Thursday October 11, 2012


Anat Cohen Again Breathes New Life into the Jazz Clarinet
By: Bob Cochran

There haven’t been many great clarinetists in Jazz since the days of Sidney Bechet, Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. That changed a few years ago when Anat Cohen came on the scene. She first became known for her saxophone work when she and her brothers, also accomplished Jazz musicians, came to the US from Israel in the 1990’s.

She first came into prominence as a saxophonist before returning her focus to her first love, the clarinet. She then released a series of acclaimed recordings on her own Anzic label including the latest, Claroscuro, a play on Chiaroscuro, the Spanish word that describes the play of light and shade. Anat is joined on this release by a group of world-class musicians including Jason Lindner, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Daniel Friedman. Many of the tracks also feature guest musicians including the acclaimed Cuban born multireed man Paquito d’Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon, one of the best trombone players around and percussionist Gilmar Gomes.

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