Artist: Avishai Cohen
Release Date: March 2009
With Aurora, Avishai Cohen's 11th release, Cohen reached a certain essence of expression, using voice as a direct and powerful vehicle for his emotions.
Singing - in Hebrew, English, Spanish and Ladino. The music draws its source in the earth of his home country, at the crossroads of many cultures. Arab-Andalusian and Hebraic, it tells the story of Bedouins of the desert and speaks of life, love, youth and freedom.
Jazz naturally remains at the heart of this original universe - the ideal meeting place for all kinds of encounters. Aurora is a work of synergy under the Blue Note label, which for years seems to have been at the centre of all futures in jazz, of which Avishai Cohen is undeniably the most modern and irresistible standard-bearer.
Released by: Blue Note/ EMI
Avishai Cohen :Double Bass, Electric Bass, Piano Steinway, Vocals.
Shai Maestro : Piano Steinway, Keyboards.
Itamar Doari : Percussion.
Amos Hoffman: Oud.
Karen Malka : Vocals
Stephane Belmondo : Trumpet, Flugelhorn.
Lionel Belmondo : Flute.
Stephane and Lionel Belmondo appear courtesy of Beat Recordings.
All songs arranged by Avishai Cohen.
Produced by Avishai Cohen, Joe Ferla, Itamar Doari and Nicolas Pflug.
Recorded from December 8 to 12, 2008 in Studio De Meudon, France, By Joe Ferla, assisted by Julien Basseres, Simon Jouin and Romain Meudic.
Mixed from January 5 to 9, 2009 at Seven Seas Studios, New York City, USA by Joe Ferla, assisted by Doug Goodrick.
Mastered on January 15 2009 at Sony/BMG Mastering Studios, New York City, USA by Mark Wilder.
All songs copyright controlled.
Cover photo : Youri Lenquette
Artwork : Jean-louis Duralek
Always Playing from the Heart
"Cohen switches effortlessly between electric and acoustic bass, sometimes singing, sometimes grooving, and always playing from the heart."
Bass Player Magazine, June 2010
"The main focus of Aurora is on Cohen's Semitic musical tradition, taking in Arabic as well as Jewish folkloric music but it is not entirely improv-free with Cohen occasionally demonstrating an allegiance to Jaco Pastorius."