Artist: Avishai Cohen
Release Date: 2008
While to outward appearances the trio would seem to be the standard piano-bass-drum formula, the music they've created on Gently Disturbed is far from the standard jazz trio repertoire.
Featuring nine original compositions (written either by Cohen or by the trio collaboratively) including one traditional Israeli song, Gently Disturbed is an amalgamation of melody and groove, complexity and simplicity that nearly redefines the concept of jazz.
With the departure of long-time pianist Sam Barsh, Cohen has slightly reconfigured his trio with the addition of Israeli pianist Shai Maestro. Since Cohen is an accomplished pianist in his own right, and has performed on bass with such acclaimed jazz pianists as Danilo Perez, Brad Mehldau and of course Chick Corea, and because the previous keyboard players in his bands (Sam Barsh and Jason Lindner) have been exceptional, it is even more striking to note that Maestro is just reached 21 years old. Rounding out the trio is drummer the brilliant Mark Guiliana, who has been playing and touring with Cohen since 2003 and who Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2007 cited as "one of the best up-and-coming stars of today's drumming scene."
Released by: Razdaz Recordz
Avishai Cohen - Bass
Mark Guiliana - Drums
Shai Maestro - Piano
All compositions written and arranged by Avishai Cohen GADU MUSIC/BMI
Tracks 4 and 6 Co-written with Shai Maestro and Mark Guiliana (HEERNT Music/BMI)
Avishai Cohen uses Aguilar Amplifiers.
Mark Guiliana uses Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth Drumsticks.
Art Design: Toby Larnder / Evanto
Photography: Anita Carlsson - Trio, Deirdre Keaney - Solo
Produced By: Ray Jefford
All tracks were recorded and mixed by Lars Nilsson on 24th - 28th September 2007 at Nilento Studios AB.
Sound Engineer: Lars Nilsson
Assistant Engineer: Bo Savik
Nilento Studios AB. Algvagen 1 428 34
Kallered. Gothenburg. Sweden
Teaming With Energy
"Teaming with energy, original ideas and virtuosic soloing by the bassist composer, 'Gently Disturbed', is another reason to consider Cohen among the elite bassists on the scene today."
Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes, July 2008
"Really really fantastic, wonderful! 5 points of 5"
GROOVE MAGAZINE - Sweden. May 2008
Full of Power
"Gently Disturbed is eleven tracks full of power, interpreted by three musicians
at the top of their art. One of the best jazz releases of the year."