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Respite and high energy at Jerusalem Jazz Festival / The Jerusalem Post

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Another Jerusalem Jazz Festival has been and gone. It was the third edition thereof and it really feels, now, that the event is here to stay on the national cultural calendar. Once again, artistic director and internationally acclaimed trumpeter Avishai Cohen put together a diverse range of acts that ran the gamut of straight-ahead jazz, through more unfettered creative climes, to offerings of a more commercial leaning. 

Over at the Ai Weiwei exhibition space, with its comfy soft tiling, German cellist Anja Lechner and French pianist Francois Couturier provided their audience with some respite from the higher energy stuff, with some delectably crafted works that trod the fine line between "new music" and classical fare.

As expected the Bad Plus show was a sellout, with the high-octane trio making their final appearance before pianist Ethan Iverson moves on to other things. Over the past 17 years Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King have drawn in the crowds, the world over, with their captivating mix of rock-driven sensibilities, mixed with classical undercurrents – largely courtesy of Iverson – and relentless jazzy offerings. The show at the Israel Museum auditorium ticked all the above stylistic boxes.