At Home | SSC 4602 | Release Date: 22nd Feb 2005

Press Release

“At Home” from Avishai Cohen

Trio & Ensemble

At Home, Avishai Cohen’s sixth recording as a leader, features eleven profoundly beautiful compositions performed by his trio of Sam Barsh on piano and Mark Guiliana on drums, joined by special guests Yosvany Terry,

Anne Drummond, Diego Urcola and Jeff Ballard

“From the seductive looping theme of Feediop . . . and the lovely, carol-like melody of Madrid, the folk-dance theme and percussive intensity of Leh-Lah, and on through furious piano improvisations [from Sam Barsh] against Mark Guiliana’s fat-in-a-pan drumming (Punk), wistful brass harmonies and airy flute ruminations (Meditteranean Sun), the music is consistently riveting, but without eclipsing the ingenuity of the improvisers. Avishai Cohen is back… ” John Fordham, The Guardian (UK)

On At Home Avishai is joined by two rising stars on the international music scene, Sam Barsh (piano, Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes, Melodica) and Mark Guiliana (drums, percussion), and is joined on several tracks by the ensemble of Yosvany Terry (saxophones, chekere), Anne Drummond (flute), Diego Urcola (flugelhorn), Jeff Ballard (drums, percussion) and Tomer Tzur (hand drum).

At Home reflects on, and celebrates, places, people, emotions and realizations that Cohen has encountered in his many sojourns around the globe, all the while exposing the innermost jubilation and contemplation of the bassist/composer. Stuart Nicholson, commenting on At Home, in Jazzwise Magazine, said “for my money [it’s] the most considered and best realised of all.” Indeed, Cohen exposes his many gifts as a melodic composer, powerful soloist and provoking leader, as never before, reflected in the brilliant performances by the trio and ensemble. Whether in his adopted home of New York City, in his native Israel, or on the road playing this music (where he finds himself much of each year), Avishai Cohen is At Home.