Monday, January 14, 2013


"Rarely in the history of jazz family bands have siblings so successfully created a unified group sound with as distinctive an identity as the Israel-born Cohens." - DownBeat Magazine

"some of the hottest properties on the New York jazz scene today"  The Boston Globe

"There's such a thing as a family sound, and the musicians calling themselves the 3 Cohens have it . . . Anat has emerged as one of the best clarinet players in jazz, with a warm and singing tone; Avishai can play bebop and ballad lines and outer-limits trumpet sounds with tireless fluency; Yuval has a full and relaxed sound on the soprano." - Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

"a brilliant wave of Israeli jazz musicians has emerged on the New York scene. At the center of this surge are three siblings: soprano saxophonist Yuval, trumpeter Avishai and reed player Anat Cohen . . . Like many of their Israeli peers, the Cohen siblings are steeped in jazz history and intensely engaged with a global array of sounds." - Andy Gilbert, The San Jose Mercury News

The 3 Cohens' latest recording is a powerful acknowledgement of the importance of Family. Although Yuval, Anat and Avishai are perennially busy with numerous projects that make up their individual careers, the remarkable story of the 3 Cohens continues with the release of their new recording, Family (the follow up to the much-lauded Braid), available on Anzic Records (released Oct 11, 2011). Joining Yuval, Anat and Avishai on Family is a trio of unparalleled musicians, Aaron Goldberg on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. Plus, very special guest, Jon Hendricks, delivering his singular style to "On The Sunny Side of Street", and "Roll 'Em Pete".

In continued celebration of Family The 3 Cohens Sextet (featuring the same band from the recording) reconvenes for three nights, with dates scheduled for The Miniaci PAC in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on February 9, Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall) in NYC on February 15, and Scullers in Boston on February 16.

When the 3 Cohens converged in the studio for the recording of Family, they did so with a fervent dedication to making music together, and a strong desire to celebrate life and family through their music. They explain, "every time we play again it is so special. For us, sharing a stage is not just three siblings who play together; it is also a constant reminder of the gift of life. That's why we have decided to have this band." The results are two brilliant recordings, One, and Braid, and now their newest, and perhaps their greatest work together, the celebratory, Family (on Anzic Records).

The 3 Cohens Sextet is: AVISHAI COHEN (trumpet), ANAT COHEN (tenor saxophone & clarinet), YUVAL COHEN (soprano saxophone), with Aaron Goldberg on piano, Omer Avital on bass & Johnathan Blake on drums.

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