Avishai Cohen’s Triveni | Szold Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Jazz | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., May 22, 8 p.m. 2015

Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen—not to be confused with the Israeli bassist of the same name—has been on a tear in recent years, making pitch-perfect contributions to Mark Turner’s elegant, carefully modulated postbop quartet and Omer Avital’s ebullient, soulful foursome. But nothing gets my heart racing like Triveni, Cohen’s nimble trio with Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits. On the group’s albums the leader displays remarkable versatility, seamlessly blending ideas from jazz’s history so that endless melodic and rhythmic variations emerge as opposite sides of the same coin. On last year’s fantastic Dark Nights (Anzic) Cohen incorporates surprising, electronically enhanced overdubs into the trio’s live tracks, adding a spacey, almost dublike expansiveness to the title track without disrupting the group’s gritty organic feel. Most of the album is composed of pithy originals marked by a nice low-end heft and a strong dose of blues, but the trumpeter mixes things up nicely by adding a knockout take of the Mingus classic “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” his malleable horn conveying the orchestral sweep of the original. On his spare solo reading of the standard “I Fall in Love Too Easily” he’s joined by pianist Gerald Clayton and singer Keren Ann, who imparts a fragile Chet Baker-ish grace. Cohen wields his full-bodied, gorgeous tone with a swagger that in no way impinges on his sensitive lyricism—he practically forces the listener to forget how hard it is to lead a trio with such an unforgiving instrument. Tonight he’s joined by Waits and terrific bassist Linda Oh. —Peter Margasak

Price: $28, $26 members

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