Cohen, Avishai/ Yonathan Avishai / Playing The Room
Album: Playing The Room   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Cohen, Avishai/ Yonathan Avishai   Added:Oct 2019
Label:Ecm Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2019-11-20 Pull Date: 2020-01-22 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jan 26 Jan 19 Jan 12 Dec 29 Dec 22 Dec 8 Dec 1
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Recent Airplay
1. Feb 01, 2020: Music Casserole
Kofifi Blue
4. Jan 18, 2020: Music Casserole
2. Jan 28, 2020: Clean Copper Radio & Hot Topics
Kofifi Blue
5. Jan 17, 2020: Traditions
Dee Dee, Kofifi Blue, Azalea
3. Jan 21, 2020: Clean Copper Radio & Hot Topics
Sir Duke
6. Jan 16, 2020: Old fart At Play

Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2019-10-28
Reviewed: 2019-10-26
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: Cohen’s latest disc strips his ensemble to the minimum, a duo, which provides maximum focus on his specific creative resources. His trumpet sound is brilliantly brassy yet human as breath, and uncommonly capable of nuanced emotional expression. The stark duo format also highlights a special musical bond. In the open spaces between Cohen’s striking lines, Avishai adds spare, graceful asides that complete Cohen’s thoughts. It’s postmodern chamber music.
If You Like: John Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Yelena Eckemoff, Emmet Cohen
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
1/ The Opening (4:32) – piano starts – slow tempo duet> trumpet solo> piano solo> slow duet> fade
2/ Two Lines (6:25) – piano starts> slow tempo duet> pause> slow duet> pause> slow duet slowly builds to midtempo> slows to slow tempo> fade
**3/ Crescent (8:28) – trumpet starts slow> slow duet slowly builds to midtempo, then subsides, then builds back up> spirited trumpet solo> uptempo duet> crescendo> midtempo duet> piano solo> slow duet> fade
*4/ Azalea (3:41) – piano starts strong> midtempo duet slowly builds in tempo> fade
***5/ Kofifi Blue (6:41) – trumpet starts> mellow uptempo duet with delightful interplay> piano solo> uptempo duet> trumpet solo> uptempo duet> slow fade
**6/ Dee Dee (3:28) – trumpet/piano starts together> uptempo duet with shifting melodies> pause> quick fade
*9/ Ralph’s New Blues (4:33) – piano starts> uptempo duet> bluesy piano solo> trumpet solo> uptempo duet slows to midtempo & slowly fades
*10/ Sir Duke (3:41) – piano solo starts uptempo> uptempo duet> slow fade
*11/ Shir Eres (Lullaby) (4:35) – piano starts> midtempo duet> piano solo> trumpet solo> midtempo duet> slow fade

Track Listing
1. The Opening   5. Kofifi Blue
2. Two Lines   6. Dee Dee
3. Crescent   7. Ralph's New Blues
4. Azalea   8. Sir Duke
  9. Shir Eres (Lullaby)