DownBeat: 66th Annual Critics Poll

Happy Song comes in second in DownBeat's Jazz Album of the Year Critics Poll!

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#2: Anat Cohen Tentet: Happy Song
Anat Cohen's Happy Song is the result of a diverse, remarkably talented cast of players, composers, and arrangers. Cohen wrote or co-wrote three of the tracks here, and the musical director for the project was Oded Lev-Ari. Cohen's clarinet work is consistently compelling throughout, whether she's exploring fusion on Lev-Ari's "Trills and Thrills" or unleashing the toe-tapper "Oh Baby."

Anat Cohen: Musical Zelig

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Since arriving on the New York City scene in 1999, via Tel Aviv and the Berklee College of Music, Anat Cohen has exhibited qualities in music where one wonders where she is going to be next—musically—and what group of musicians she will be associated with. She plays Brazilian music like she was born there. She swings her ass off with George Wein’s all-star band. If you can’t feel her when she blows some blues, a physical examination may be in order. Cohen’s choices spring from her wide-ranging tastes, her unabashed passion for all kinds of music—and the courage of her convictions to pursue them.

She plays in every genre with unbridled joy. Anyone who has seen this wonderfully talented reed player on stage can’t help but be touched by her elan.

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"Happy Song" Among Best Jazz Recordings

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Anat Cohen Tentet: “Happy Song” (Anzic Records): Clarinetist Cohen released three recordings in 2017, each worthy of inclusion on any list of the year’s best jazz recordings. But “Happy Song” stands as the most expansive, for it represents a celebration of the clarinet and shows Cohen’s eloquence in addressing jazz, Brazilian, klezmer, world music and other idioms. The title may seem sugary, but the music provides considerable emotional lift.

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