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The magic and strength of a working band, “which in this music is stronger than any concept,” says Cohen, is one of the key ingredients on this live CD/DVD. The trio of Avishai, Sam and Mark, a crackerjack unit that has been delighting audiences around the world for more than three years, has grown into one of the most enjoyable and fascinating trios one can experience on the scene today. Their respect for each other, their empathetic interaction, and the pure joy and enthusiasm they share in performing music with each other, is part of what makes Cohen’s music connect with listeners on many levels. As Is . . . Live At The Blue Note is the definitive documentation of this trio as Avishai takes the band in an exciting new direction with the arrival of the young Israeli piano virtuoso Shai Maestro, poised to take over where the brilliant Sam Barsh left off.
“ . . . the kind of virtuosic soloing and portentous writing that marked Pastorius’ career outside Weather Report.” “ . . . technical facility on the bass and in your face attitude . . .” – Down Beat
As Is . . . Live At The Blue Note also offers an overview of Avishai’s career with highlights from his spectacular recordings: “Smash,” “Elli,” “Samuel,” “One For Mark” and “Nu Nu” are from Continuo (RazDaz, 2006), “Remembering” and “Feediop” were featured on At Home (RazDaz, 2005), “Etude” stems from the brilliantly conceived recording “Unity” (Avishai Cohen & The International Vamp Band, Stretch, 2001), and “Bass Suite #1” is a stand out track from Avishai’s debut release, Adama (Stretch, 1998).
Much more than a bandleader, composer and inspiring instrumentalist, Avishai Cohen has become an artist with clear, distinctive band concept and musical vision. In this regard he is following in the footsteps of artists such as Mingus, Dave Holland, Jaco Pastorius, Ray Brown, Charlie Haden, Stanley Clarke and even Sting.
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