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Avishai Cohen (Bassist)

Born and raised in Israel, Avishai Cohen has often combined Middle Eastern and Israeli music with both electric and acoustic jazz. Cohen began studying the piano at age 11 and was 14 when he became interested in jazz. After playing piano in a high-school jazz band, Cohen switched to the electric bass and soon fell in love with the music of Jaco Pastorius. Cohen was 16 when he enrolled in the Music & Arts High School in Jerusalem, and as a young adult, he played a few local gigs in Jerusalem before being drafted into the Israeli army. When Cohen's two years in the military ended, he was able to concentrate on jazz once again and decided to try the acoustic bass, which became his main instrument for much of the 1990s. In 1992, Cohen moved to New York without having any real connections there, and ended up paying the rent doing moving and construction work. But after making some connections in the New York jazz scene, Cohen went on to play live gigs with such notables as Ravi Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Paquito D'Rivera, Roy Hargrove, and Leon Parker. One of his most fruitful associations was with Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez, who employed him on his 1996 session, Panamonk. After coming to the attention of Chick Corea and his longtime business partner, Ron Moss, Cohen was signed to their Stretch label and recorded his first album, Adama, in 1997. The following year, Corea hired Cohen to play in his newly created acoustic outfit, Origin. Colors was released in mid-2000, followed by a string of recordings for the RazDaz label. In recent years, Cohen has moved back to Israel. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Avishai is like the first deep breath of air on a beautiful abandoned beach, where you had only heard of places, but never been!
so smooth
Man, love Pandora it leads to players like Cohen, this is good stuff!!!
Gooooooooooo o o o o o o o d stuff!!!
star_elf
I just recently discovered his music, and I'm just eating everything that I can get! Fantastic music from this guy!
Avi come back to NYC
gooshger
Very Nice!
ibperri
There's so much music in this world I just wished we heard it in Los Angeles....c o m e on LA let's get global musically... . . . . . .
akgt500
clean nice sound
piano and bass - that's the way to roll
nice sound
webbspot2
This guy music is dynamikkkkk, exciting, inciteful, smooth, with a hint of sadness. LIFE!
jtucker961
Beautiful music. I started an Avishai Cohen (the trumpeter) station after hearing him on another station, and struck gold with him, and with Avishai Cohen (the bassist). I love them both, for different reasons, and I'll certainly never get them confused now. 2 Love
arlington.ho u s t o n
He's bad cat and nice we met once.
Love it
Cool! you guys finally fixed the bio link!
This bio is for the trumpeter, not the bassist. Avishai the bassist studies at The New School in NY and played with Danilo Perez for a bit.
quicksilver3 2 1
Very Nice...Movin g
jrowland318
Yeah. The trumpeter leads Third World Love. Dig their release "Sketch of Tel Aviv, nice. And also see Anat Cohen, multi-reed player and sister of the Trumpeter.
This is Avishai Cohen, the bassist, not the trumpet player as mentioned above. There is also an Israeli trumpet player named Avishai Cohen.
kristiab9
Heard him live last night and WOW!!! Fabulous group of musicians, heavy Brazilian beat, three encore's, WOW AGAIN!!!
Love this particular cut...he lays down a very nice steady vibe.
That explained a lot. Joc Pastorious and Corea how blessed are we. Thank you
Kiddush Hashem- Ko hakavod, Moshe Weidemfeld, pianist, composer and music educator
bfotsch456
Awesome. Moving...
rickandsandy 2 4
what a great groove this guy lays down.
scott32180
Martin "Dyani" Franco: There's two artists out there with the same exact name. I have seen many times (on other music sites), when the Avishai that plays trumpet is playing, they'll put his name as Avishai Cohen (trumpet). I know - it's confusing.
bored_zephyr
Strange how there's very little comments about this great artist. Man I wish he would come to Hawaii to perform.
I love Avishai; I have been a great fan for years and go see him whenever I can
Every time Pandora throws another log on the creative musical fire it radiates and renews an appreciation for those artists practicing in any number of genres...Kee p it up Pandora, you have an ear for talent.
Wrong bio, I'm hearing lots of trumpet and reading the bio of the bass player... Pandora, what up?
ut_icedragon
Love his stuff. His songs started comming up on my jazz station and now they are favorites.
risa25
There are two Avishai Cohens--one plays bass and one plays trumpet.
saw him live in nyc and he was phenomenal, excellent three piece set he had (piano and drum backing)
jakubster
THIS MUSIC REVIEW SAYS HE IS A TRUMPET PLAYER - BIG FAT WRONG. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT MATT COLLAR!
very cool artist and bass player! Definitely brings something new to jazz. I will be buying his albums pronto!
go get him now!

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