On Friday night April 7, young Mr. Cohen brings his Trio to The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme. Joining him for the two-set program will be bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Joe Saylor. You'll hear that his music features both standards and originals plus he's one of the finer pianists playing today. Not just technically but with a deep emotional well that gives new life to the older material he chooses to play.
The Emmet Cohen Trio hits the stage at 8:30 p.m. For more information, go to thesidedoorjazz.com or call 860-434-2600.
To learn more about the pianist, go to emmetcohen.com.
Here's a track from Cohen's 2010 debut CD with bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Rodney Green:
Joining him in Old Lyme will be Romain Collin (piano, keyboards), Antoine Katz (bass), and John Davis (drums). Expect a mix of standards, originals, and the occasional "pop" tune. For reservations, call 860-434-2600.
To find out more about the versatile musician, go to www.gregoiremaret.com.
Here's a funky take of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" from the new recording:
Saxophonist Louis makes his first appearance on Cohen's uptempo "Folk Song", his warm tone blending sweetly with the Trio. The leader's rolling two-handed solo is a highlight as are the single-note runs he adds throughout. Louis also appears on the bluesy "Hard Times", a track that Mr. Cobb first recorded with David "Fathead" Newman - one cannot miss the gospel feel that both Louis and Cohen add to the swinging feel of the rhythm section.
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Emmet Cohen is onto something really good with his "Masters Legacy Series" and his choice of Jimmy Cobb as his initial collaborator is quite inspired. You will be inspired as well by this delightful album. Let's see and hear where this goes from here.
For more information, visit Emmet Cohen's website (listed above) or go to www.cellarlive.com.
Here's a preview:
For his new recording, "FØRAGE" (Screwgun Records), Mitchell turns to the music of Tim Berne and rearranges, reimagines, and a reworks a number of Berne works for solo piano. I have listened to Tim Berne for over three decades, since he came east and began to work with saxophonist and composer Julius Hemphill. His recording career began with quartet of self-released albums before going on to record for JMT, Soul Note, Winter & Winter, Columbia, Thirsty Ear, and others plus starting Screwgun Records in 1996. If you've listened to Berne's music, you know its a mashup of numerous styles and approaches, with long episodic compositions, raucous sounds, frenetic beats, and experiments with textures and sounds. While Snakeoil has issued three albums on ECM (and one on Screwgun), he has not tempered his approach.
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For more information, go to www.mattmitchell.us.
Take a listen: