3 Cohens: Tightrope

The album’s 18 chamber jazz vignettes vary from bop classics and bluesy riffs to five short third stream improvisations

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The 18 tightly-argued chamber jazz vignettes presented by the brothers Cohen vary from bop classics and bluesy riffs to five short third stream improvisations.

Avishai on trumpet, Yuval on soprano sax and Anat on tenor sax and clarinets phrase together beautifully, have a warm sound and a good internal balance, while guests add to the broad emotional sweep.

Pianist Fred Hersch is lush and romantic on three tracks, drummer Johnathan Blake adds crackle on “Black” and bassist Christian McBride walks firmly on “Just Squeeze Me”, a highlight.

3 Cohens

Tightrope

(Anzic Records)

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