Acclaimed Isreali saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Anat Cohen showcases a versatile interpretation of musical cultures in the debut album, "Place & Time."
The nine-track compact disc includes six original tunes by Cohen, including the title track, "The 7th of March," "87 North," "Homeland," "Pour Toi," and "Bat-El." This stellar artist has appeared regularly in jazz clubs and concert halls in the United States, as well as touring globally. She has appeared with legendary artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Flip Phillips, Cyro Baptista, The New York Pops and Ingrid Jensen. She has been a member of The Diva Jazz Orchestra, the Choro Ensemble and 3 Cohens (with brothers Yuval and Avishai Cohen).
Cohen describes "Place & Time" as "essential to my journey as a musician and a person. Moving from Israel to the U.S.A., traveling around the world playing and listening to music and spending time in different countries absorbing the culture and music have contributed to what is now 'my music.'"
Her compositions and arrangements are as intriguing as catching. For example, Cohen describes "The 7th of March" as her birthday and in memory of her friend David Demlin, who was shot while fulfilling his duty as a reserve soldier on March 3, 2002. "I composed this song and have played it over and over for him - as a prayer for his soul and with hope for better times," she said.
If the listener is not gripped by the authenticity and personal recollections of Anat Cohen, then something is wrong. "Place & Time" is a CD that grips the imagination.