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Avishai Cohen's 'Big Vicious' brings a powerful and potent combination with slamming grooves on self titled ECM debut / Jazz Views

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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 them, whether it be Nirvana, Radiohead, Boards of Canada, Wu Tang Clan or anything they grew up with.

For the fourth album bearing his name for ECM, Cohen debuts an exciting new quintet project Big Vicious. The quintet, made up of the leader on trumpet, effects and synthesizer, guitarist Uzi Ramirez, guitarist and bassist Jonathan Albalak, and the double drum tandem of Aviv Cohen and Ziv Ravitz on drums and live sampling,  an all Israeli group bring a powerful and potent combination…  acoustic and electric hybrid music with slamming grooves, textures reaching the cosmos and some tight rope walking improvisation that is a very distinct and personal blend.   The group had been playing much of the music on the road for sometime, playing the originals here and covers such as Massive Attack's trip hop classic "Teardrop" part of a stream of music which all had grown up on.  The mix of jazz and electronic proclivities is a result of all their collective experience and was tightened in the studio at producer Manfred Eicher's suggestion which distilled the music to it's essence considerably.  Each player in the group brings their experiences of jazz and elsewhere, and the notion of soloing is less important than overall feeling and textures.  This practice governed much of Weather Report's early work as well, but it is only a surface resemblance in this new collection.

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