Into The Silence
Not to be confused with the bass-player Avishai Cohen this is the latest album by the trumpeter Avishai Cohen. It’s an elegiac set of reflections on the passing of his father. The band is phenomenal and so deeply respectful towards the material and so aware of each other’s playing – there are moments that recall the late-60s Miles Davis (circa In A Silent Way) in the blending of Bill McHenry’s sax and Cohen’s trumpet, an in just over five minutes on Quiescence they channel and distil the very essence of The Necks at their most jazz-like.
Late night washes of trumpet, sax and the pulse of the ride cymbal mark a territory similar to some of Mike Figgis’ jazz scores that accompany his own movies, but this is deeper thanks to the stirring work of the rhythm section, Eric Revis (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums).
Yonathan Avishai’s Piano ostinatos form the base of many of the tunes, helping to create and re-state the melancholy mood, and Behind The Broken Glass reminds of that stately elegance of Chet Baker’s very finest works, including even some of the fragility of his later work.
These players have worked together, in various combinations and pairings, across many years now. And it shows. The music here wafts and then soars, it slowly, purposefully, builds and there’s not a note out of place. It’s calming and beautiful. And should open the ears of even those allegedly closed-off to jazz.
The closing piece, Life and Death – Epilogue, shows this Avishai Cohen also has chops as both composer and player.