Trumpeter Avishai Cohen’s New Album: Triveni II

(If you want to hear Avishai’s solo chops, check out this one. His solo starts at 3:45)

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Listen to the entire new album for free: Triveni II

Avishai Cohen is a NY trumpeter from Israel, and in the vid above, he’s playing with his 2 siblings on a Duke Ellington tune, The Mooch. If you do a search on him, don’t be confused by the jazz bass player of the same name. In early September the trumpeter played to 50,000 Red Hot Chilli Peppers fans during their show in Tel Aviv, with only 2 hours notice and no rehearsal. He’s that good. Last summer Avishai Cohen toured Europe with Dave Douglas and Enrico Rava as 1/3 of the group “Tea for Three.”

Avishai has one of the more interesting sounds and approaches to jazz trumpet that I’ve heard for a long time. I rarely buy albums any more, usually just a great tune here and there, but I made an exception for Avishai’s new album, Triveni II.

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Trumpeter Avishai Cohen, voted a Rising Star in this year’s DownBeat Critics Poll, releases Triveni II his second album with the Triveni band – his bold, electrifying trio with double-bassist Omer Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits. Triveni II is the follow-up to Introducing Triveni, which New York City Jazz Record called “easily one of the best jazz recordings of 2010.” Both albums were recorded in the same blockbuster two-day session in Brooklyn, with Triveni II featuring not only exciting originals by Cohen but inspired interpretations of tunes by Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. Sparks fly on each of the 10 viscerally recorded tracks as Cohen, Avital and Waits engage in interplay that is as fleet as it is muscular, as progressive as it is full of soul.

You can hear the whole album (and buy it) here.

If you’re interested in his thoughts about practice, Avishai was gracious enough to do an interview with me when he visited Chicago a couple years back.

Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.

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