Latest podcast episode: looking ahead to gems early doors in 2022

In looking ahead to 2022 we talk about the records most pushing our buttons early doors And, elsewhere, word from the dug-out, popular this week on marlbank: 1 Episode one of the new marlbank podcast 2 Nikki Giovanni inspires Javon Jackson on …

Published: 22 Dec 2021. Updated: 7 months.

In looking ahead to 2022 we talk about the records most pushing our buttons early doors

And, elsewhere, word from the dug-out, popular this week on marlbank:

1 Episode one of the new marlbank podcast

2 Nikki Giovanni inspires Javon Jackson on some stately sprituals

3 Frisellian dreams, game changing biography on the way in the spring.

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Avishai Cohen, 'Naked Truth Part 2' (track) ECM ***

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 …

Published: 22 Dec 2021. Updated: 5 months.

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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.

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