Clarinetist Anat Cohen is the leader, and this is an album she has wanted to record for some time, to share some of what [she has] learned about playing the clarinet in various musical contexts. These are songs, Cohen writes, that she has loved for years. And it's easy to understand why, as they truly are lovely.
– All About Jazz
1. Agada Yapanit (A Japanese Tale)
2. Hofim (Beaches)
3. The Purple Piece
4. Eyn Gedi *
5. La Chanson Des Vieux Amants
6. Lonnie’s Lament*
7. Quando Eu Me Chamar Saudade
8. La Casa Del Llano
10. Cypresses *
Exclusive Track: Agada Yapanit (A Japanese Tale):
2007 Anzic Records
Joined by a quartet of downtown Manhattan jazz luminaries (pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Omer Avital, drummer Daniel Freedman) and a string quartet, Cohen plays clarinet with a total command of the instrument. She sensitively renders, Coltrane’s “Lonnie’s Lament,” a biting Brel chanson, a ballad by Brazilian songwriter, Cavaquinho, four Israeli songs, two of her own originals and one by Avital.
• Anat Cohen: Tenor Alto Soprano Saxes/Clarinet
• Oded Lev-Ari: Arranger/Conductor
Ted Nash: Alto Soprano Saxes/Flute, Billy Drewes: Tenor Sax/Clarinet, Scott Robinson: Baritone Sax/Bass Clarinet
Frank Greene, Avishai Cohen, Tanya Darby
• Trombones: Yonatan Voltzok, Deborah Weisz
Erik Friedlander, Greg Heffernan, Robert Burkhart
• Guitars: Guilherme Monteiro
• Bass: Barak Mori
Duduka Da Fonseca, Ali Jackson Jr., Antonio Sanchez
“Poetica”…is the most lyrical of the two releases, an imaginatively arranged session showcasing Cohen’s mastery of the clarinet. … She’s not only in fine form, her tone delightfully fluid and assured, but also in fine company…
– Washington Post, May 11, 2007
Especially on clarinet, Cohen’s is a compelling and original voice of great promise.
– The New York Sun, May 8 2007
…both records share her round romantic tone and her restless world-embracing spirit. Where Noir is large and all-embracing, Poetica is tighter, sharper, and more personal.
– Pop Matters, April 16, 2007
Cinematic, with its emotionally expressive ability to conjure scenes and settings, the ten tracks move in a rhythmic current. Cohen appears to be sidling up to a melodic tradition that suits her.
– All About Jazz NY, May 5, 2007
The work features the string quartet’s note-perfect, deeply expressive performance of Avital’s late-romantic/impressionist arrangement.
– JazzTimes, June 2007 issue