Greetings jazz enthusiasts, we’re into week two of April with a list of promising New Releases. This week I’m featuring the swinging sounds of a remarkable clarinetist named Anat Cohen and her homage to Benny Goodman titled “Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard” as the Featured Album of the Week also in store this week acoustic bassist Charlie Haden with a special edition reissue of rare analog recordings, drummer Stanton Moore, pianist Aaron Goldberg, and saxophonist Vincent Herring are in the mist of a host of Imports, Vinyl and Re-issues.
Anat Cohen .:|:. Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard – [ANZIC RECORDS, 2010]
Anat Cohen’s Clarinetwork – Live at the Village Vanguard, inspired by Benny Goodman and celebrating his centennial, is a musical tour-de-force. Winner of 3 consecutive Jazz Journalists Association “Clarinet Player of the Year” awards and multiple “Rising Star Clarinet” DownBeat critic’s polls, Cohen leads an all star rhythm section (Benny Green, Peter Washington, Lewis Nash ) on this seminal live recording that returns the clarinet to its rightful role at the forefront of jazz.
In 1996, Anat headed to Boston to matriculate at Berklee College of Music. There she met faculty member Phil Wilson, who encouraged her to play clarinet, other inspiring teachers such as Greg Hopkins, Ed Tomassi, Hal Crook, George Garzone, and Bill Pierce, and an elite international peer group of students. Continue reading