Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro - Rosa Dos Ventos review: clear-toned, liquid playing, joyous groove

Thu, May 11, 2017, 07:45


Rosa Dos Ventos

Anat Cohen

Anzic Records


Rosa Dos Ventos – Portuguese for “weather vane” – is one of two simultaneous releases on the Anzic label from Anat Cohen, documenting the Isreali-born, New York-resident clarinetist’s long-standing love affair with Brazil and its music. (The other, Outra Coisa, is an effervescent duo with guitarist Marcello Goncalves, examining the music of Brazilian composer Moacir Santos.)

For this four-way collaboration, Cohen spent an intensive week with the much-admired Trio Brasileiro exploring choro, Brazil’s informal “corner bar” tradition which mixes European dance forms with South American rhythms.

The leader’s clear-toned, liquid playing, forged in the crucibles of jazz and klezmer, finds a perfect foil in the joyous grooves and intricate harmonies of the trio’s guitar, mandolin and percussion.