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Artist: Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen - Noir CD
Label: Anzic
Regular Price: $15.95
On Sale For: $13.47 
Year: 2007
Format: CD


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4 stars from Down Beat and the rave that this album “could be a classic,” Cohen’s ten-song program unfolds like a timeless pan-American epic film score. Joined by the Anzic Orchestra – an all-star ensemble comprising three woodwinds, three trumpets, two trombones, three cellos, a guitar-bass-drums-percussion rhythm section and features performances by Ted Nash, Ali Jackson, Scott Robinson and others.

Israeli multi-reedist Anat Cohen aligns her saxophones and clarinet alongside a big band on her latest album Noir. With a strong, confident sound, she leads the Anzic Orchestra through ten Oded Lev-Ari- arranged Cape Verdean carnaval tunes, Brazilian choro and jazz standards.

An appropriate opening “La Comparsa”, named after the band that plays during Carnaval in Cuba, kicks the disc off playfully. It quivers with a grand jubilance as the horn section crescendos in happy resplendence, urged on by Cohen’s whirling, swirling lines. The string section opens “Cry” with a romantic overture that paves the way for the album debut of Cohen’s clarinet. Here horn lines are at their most tender. The group, including her two brothers, Yuval on soprano saxophone and Avishai on trumpet and flugelhorn, shows off a brisk flexibility throughout the rest of the disc, embodying swinging drama and classic elegance, with Cohen acting as court jester, playing off the crowd and pulling tricks from her sleeve.

Anat Cohen: tenor, alto, soprano sax, clarinet; Oded Lev-Ari: arranger, conductor; Frank Greene, Tanya Darby, Avishai Cohen: trumpet, flugelhorn; Ted Nash: alto, soprano sax, flute; Yuval Cohen (7): soprano sax; Billy Drewes: tenor sax, clarinet; Scott Robinson: baritone sax, bass clarinet; Deborah Weisz, Yonatan Voltzok: trombone; Guilherme Monteiro: guitars; Barak Mori: bass; Ali Jackson (2,4-6,8), Antonio Sanchez (1,3,7,10): drums; Duduka Da Fonseca: drums (9), percussion (3,7); Zé Mauricio: percussion; Erik Friedlander, Robert Burkhart, Greg Heffernan: cello.
La Comparsa; No Moon at All; Carnaval de São Vicente; Do It; Cry Me a River; You Never Told Me That You Care; Medley: Samba de Orfeu/Struttin’ with Some Barbeque; Cry; Bebê; Ingênuo.
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