Balladic contemplation, noir-ish more than any mawkish channelling, Avishai Cohen in quartet configuration here on the second part of the 9-part Naked Truth suite we have in store on his upcoming 25 February album of that name which was recorded in a southern France studio back in September. He is at his most Milesian on this track while Yonathan Avishai's piano breakaway towards the end is more a classical statement than a jazz solo and when the counter melody of piano melts into a bass response it is easy to sense the skill in the arrangement and capturing of collaborative modernistic statement in this space that is like an antechamber of the imagination.
The Israeli trumpeter who was superb in a featured spot on 'Pearls' last year with Kandace Springs is with pianist Yonathan Avishai who beautifully sets up the piece followed by drummer Ziv Ravitz on brushes. Cohen's breathiness is nicely captured as he haltingly as cynosure sets things up. And more and more as you enter into the piece listen as the bass lines of Barak Mori punctuate and enable incremental harmonic transformation. The album - in something of an A-Z - includes Avishai reciting a Zelda poem.