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When: Fri., April 29, 8:30 p.m. 2016

Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen’s nimble trio Triveni has always been distinguished by its stop-on-a-dime agility. Supported by drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Omer Avital, Cohen uncorks muscular, shape-shifting lines that dart and glide with a disarming ease that makes it seem like the trumpet is easy to play. The threesome employs rhythm and melody with stunning grace, pushing and pulling on postbop themes like they own them. With that sound deeply entrenched in my brain, I was initially stunned by the trumpeter’s assured new album Into the Silence (ECM), which features music Cohen composed in the wake of the passing of his father. The deeply introspective recording is lyric and fragile, the strong presence of Israeli pianist Yonathan Avishai (a bandmate of Cohen’s in the quartet Third World Love) lending a mournful richness to the music as he lays down shimmering, pensive lines and atmospheric chords. Waits and bassist Eric Revis (partners in the trio Tarbaby) provide elastic slow-moving rhythms that ground the music and give it an imperturbably steady pulse but never get in the way of the sorrowful melodic explorations. On a few tracks the group is joined by pitch-perfect saxophonist Bill McHenry, but this album showcases Cohen, highlighting a different side of his vibrant personality—one that’s ruminative yet hopeful, delicate yet forceful. For tonight’s performance he leads a quartet featuring pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Tal Mashiach, and drummer Justin Brown.

Peter Margasak

Price: $22

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