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Charismatic trumpeter Avishai Cohen launched his homegrown band Big Vicious six years ago, after relocating from the US to his native Israel, rounding up friends to shape the music from the ground up. Guitarist Uzi Ramirez, bassist Jonathan Albalak and drummer Aviv Cohen write much of the material together with Avishai. Ziv Ravitz, from Avishai's acoustic quartet, was recruited as second drummer a year ago. "We're all coming from jazz, but some of us left it earlier", Avishai says, summing up the stylistic reach of his cohorts. "Everyone's bringing in their backgrounds, and that becomes part of the sound of the band." Textures from electronica, ambient music and psychedelia are part of the blend, so too grooves and beats from rock, pop, trip-hop and more. A wide-open approach to cover versions - from Massive Attack to Beethoven - is also integral to the Vicious vision. Recorded in Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in August 2019 and produced by Manfred Eicher, Big Vicious's debut album is issued as the band gears up for extensive international touring.
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious makes 'Jazz Police: 20 from 2020 - the New Music that Helped'
2020 was the Year of the Rat which seems fitting for this year of plague. Concerts have been canceled, jazz clubs closed and it was a time when we needed music more than ever. If this dark cloud has a silver lining there must be serious wood-shedding going on right now and in 2021 after some normality returns we will witness a creative explosion of new music. But for now live streaming events help and bo...
Avishai Cohen's 'Big Vicious' brings a powerful and potent combination with slamming grooves on self titled ECM debut / Jazz Views
Israeli born trumpeter Avishai Cohen is just one of many musicians, who have been influenced by this so called "young lion" period, but has distinctly, like fellow Israeli ECM labelmates Oded Tzur, Anat Fort and Shai Maestro brought forth influences from that country's music but also music across genres that were inspiring. This is the name of the game in jazz now, musicians bringing forth what inspired ...
Avishai Cohen's 'Teardrop' from Big Vicious makes NPR: All Songs Considered 'best new songs you've missed during quarantine
We seek comfort in the familiar, and I get that. But we all tend to love what we know and not know what we might love. And so on this edition of All Songs Considered, we play a mix of new music mostly from artists you've likely never heard, on 'The Best New Songs You've Missed During Quarantine.' The segment includes; Jerry Paper is, in the words of NPR's Andrew Flanagan, "a...
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious makes NPR: 'The Best New Songs You've Missed During Quarantine'
Music still moves. While some musicians have decided, reasonably, to delay albums during the coronavirus pandemic, many more are choosing to create, inspire and uplift by moving up release dates or surprising us with unannounced songs. We're all overwhelmed with the news and retreating to creature comforts, and you might not have made time to find or listen to new songs and albums in a while. Press P...
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious makes CD Hotlist - April 'New Releases' pick
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious - ECM Trumpeter/composer Avishai Cohen's musical vision is getting more and expansive as time goes on, and now borders on the cinematic. It's been ages since he felt bound in any meaningful degree by the stylistic strictures of straight-ahead jazz, even as he's continued to work largely within that music's instrumental conventions. Here he leads a quintet that also include...
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious is a surprisingly refreshing affair / UKVIBE.org
Every now and then ECM drops an album that appears to be distinctly out of character. Big Vicious certainly fits into that category. It's a surprisingly refreshing affair, although anyone seeking the subtle, sensitive Avishai Cohen of recent ECM outings will need to be very open-minded about this one. The character and clarity of the trumpeter's playing hasn't changed though, it's just in a very differen...
Avishai Cohen's 'Hidden Chamber' makes The New York Times 'most notable new songs and videos'
Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week's most notable new songs and videos. Avishai Cohen's ‘Hidden Chamber' makes this week's list. The trumpeter Avishai Cohen and his band Big Vicious wrote much of the material for their debut album together, blurring the processes of composition and rehearsing and recording into a single flow. "Hidden Chamber" is a...
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious makes JAZZIZ 'Week in Jazz'
The Week in Jazz is your roundup of new and noteworthy stories from the jazz world. It's a one-stop destination for the music news you need to know. Let's take it from the top. Big Vicious marks the debut album of charismatic trumpeter Avishai Cohen's new quintet of the same name. The band was launched after he relocated from the United States to his native Israel. "We're all coming from jazz, but so...
On 'Big Vicious' Avishai Cohen proves he has never cared much about genre boundaries / kulturnews
Avishai Cohen never cared much about genre boundaries. On "Big Vicious" he proves this with an impressive range from Beethoven to Massive Attack. This is an unusual ECM album. A "ping" reverberating for a second, like from the sonar of a submarine, marks the beginning of "Big vicious". Avishai Cohen, who returned to Israeli homeland after many years in New York, founded the band of the same name six ...
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious is a kind of drifting cloud of electronic trip-hop jazz / STEREOGUM
And now, here are the best new jazz albums of the month! Trumpeter Avishai Cohen left the US for Israel a few years ago, and upon doing so, formed a band of Israeli musicians (Uzi Ramirez on guitar, Yonatan Albalak on guitar and bass, Aviv Cohen on drums, and Ziv Ravitz on drums and live sampling) called Big Vicious. He says of their music and concept, "We're all coming from jazz, but some of us ...
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious is the kind of crossover sound that still resonates / The Province
Trumpeter Avishai Cohen formed this experimental electronic fusion ensemble in 2013 after immigrating to the U.S. from Israel. Featuring Uzi Ramirez (guitar), Yonatan Albalak (guitar, bass), Aviv Cohen and Ziv Ravitz (drums, live sampling), the 11 tracks range from the atmospheric ambient jams (Honey Fountain, Moonlight Sonata, The Things You Tell Me) to surprisingly rocking (King Kutner). It's the kind ...
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious is for the long haul / marlbank
As discussed last month when the first lead-off track was released now's the time for Avishai Cohen. However, like so many other artists the spectre of Coronavirus means having to cancel some upcoming tour dates. Drat. However this album coming out at the end of March is for both a short term replacement and for the long haul. The Israeli trumpeter's Big Vicious could not be more different to his...
Avishai Cohen's 'Big Vicious' is an adventure in contemporary sounds / Staccatofy
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious features two guitarists and two drummers and continues to win audiences at international festivals. The album is the catalyst for the band's extensive international tour and was recorded in Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in August 2019 and produced by Manfred Eicher. The players are Cohen: trumpet, effects, synthesizer; Uzi Ramirez: guitar; Yonatan Albalak: g...
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious makes JAZZIZ '10 Albums You Need to Know for March 2020'
A deep study of the bebop and classical guitar masters; explosive liberation-oriented music; a previously unreleased collaboration between two legends of African music. All this and more in our March 2020 list of ten albums that you need to know about. Big Vicious (ECM) marks the debut album of charismatic trumpeter Avishai Cohen's new quintet of the same name. The band was launched after he relocate...