Avishai Cohen Trio – From Darkness (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 00:44:25 minutes | 859 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Recorded, mixed and mastered by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Sweden, between May and July 2014.

With his new album From Darkness, Avishai Cohen comes back to the essence of its language, starting from his musician experience to conquer new horizons and new lands, towards a new creative and expressive dimension created in trio. “I felt it was the right moment to record in trio”, Avishai Cohen says, “because it is the first time since the album Gently Disturbed that I had the feeling I was reaching a truly new, fresh and incredibly substantial form.”

The unity of the three artists is so strong that Avishai Cohen states “in the trio there is such a form of equality that three become one”. Nitai Hershkovits has been filling the music of Avishai with grace since the album Duende (2012). Daniel Dor entered Avishai’s musical world in late 2013 and quickly managed to breathe new life into it. “Between them -Cohen says- a common, friendly space appeared that can only strengthen the moments we share: they take my music to places and perspectives that I had never suspected it would go.”

Much like the importance of a Compass to an Explorer, when Avishai Cohen is asked what he would consider his favourite navigational instrument, he replies without hesitation, that it is his bass-piano-drums Trio that helps him to find his orientation and drive, to push forward. Avishai reflects that “… my discography has only one trio album [Gently Disturbed, 2008] which doesn’t really reflect the fact that my music has always been written for – and executed by – Trio”

From Darkness sees the Israeli composer, bassist and singer go back to the very core of his musical idiom and activity, but with Avishai, what may seem as a return to the basics always brings the promise of a new beginning. From Darkness once again opens an essential gateway into a new creative and expressive dimension. “It is the first time since Gently Disturbed that I have the feeling I am reaching a new, fresh and incredibly substantial form with the trio.” A belief reinforced by two outstanding partners, pianist Nitai Hershkovits and drummer Daniel Dor. “Both Nitai and Daniel take my music to places and perspectives that I had never suspected it would go and I couldn’t dream of anything better.” Avishai goes on to describe this chemistry between them as; “Here, three becomes one.”

This unity between human and sound owes a lot to a virtue brought here to its highest intensity; mutual listening, a soulful and heartful science that presides over the destiny of true music. The opening track “Beyond”, showcases in just over two minutes the greatness of this album; the art of occupying space and time in trio, tugging at the heartstrings of each in harmony, of melting the parts of a boundless imagination in the crucible of a true and unfailing intelligence.
It is indeed a key step in Cohen’s long-term quest for the absolute and for purity. The art of this trio is rich and condensed; swarming with new ideas, reduced to the essential and crossed by a thousand subtly harmonized shades. From Darkness unveils itself as a strong, contentious beauty, that’s aware of its strengths and its vulnerability, Avishai confirms, “Our trio was so united that the music just flew, in one single stream, in one entity. We present it very purely, without any distractions, of any kind. This includes when we highlight the groove, the trance and the rhythm that define my signature style which feeds and contributes to the positive energy throughout the album.”

In Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem”, he wrote these penetrating lines; “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” It is through these majestic flaws, carved by humans and musicianship, that From Darkness lets the light radiate from an art that, more than ever, can legitimately claim to reach the truth of the human soul.

1. Beyond 02:06
2. Abie 03:48
3. Halelyah 05:53
4. C#- 05:14
5. Ballad For An Unborn 07:40
6. From Darkness 03:04
7. Lost Tribe 02:59
8. Almah Sleeping 02:54
9. Signature 01:11
10. Amethyst 03:23
11. Smile 03:26
12. Crazeology 02:54

Avishai Cohen, bass
Nitai Hershkovits, piano
Daniel Dor, drums