Fascinating rhythm: drum, bass, conga - chant along why not? Jazz bass icon Avishai Cohen teams up with conguero-vocalist Abraham Rodriguez Jr to pay tribute to the Yoruba deities - an Iroko is a tree living troll.
A beat feat and tumble of infectious rhythm it turns out to be pretty good overall although less compelling is the belt it out take on 'Fly Me To The Moon'. More positively the approach certainly works better on James Brown classic 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World'. Cohen is one of the world's best jazz bassists. Fact. And so anything he does is interesting and this is no different given there is no diminution in the quality of his work and the variety the Israeli keeps coming up with. Here the latin departure suits Cohen well given his long interest in the area. Hernacio “El Negro” Hernandez, trumpeter Diego Urcola, saxophonist Yosvany Terry, percussionist Jose Angel and Spanish singer Virginia Alves are some of the ace players also involved. It is also, a factor that enhances the enjoyment, fabulously sound engineered.
Avishai Cohen, top left, and Abraham Rodriguez Jr, photo: via Stilletto
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