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Anat Cohen
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Multi-instrumentalist Anat Cohen (saxophones, clarinets) continues to develop her own voice, with nods to swing and modern jazz. Her trio (Jason Lindner: piano; Joe Martin: bass; Daniel Freedman: drums) is up to the challenge of seemingly disparate styles; guest artists Paquito D’Rivera and Wycliffe Gordon add spice. Gordon almost steals the show with his growling trombone and vocals on “La Vie en Rose” and the slow drag blues of “And the World Weeps.” Cohen maneuvers through Lindner’s modern “Anat’s Dance" and the hoary Artie Shaw “Nightmare” with equal aplomb, the latter conjuring the spirit of Duke Ellington’s jungle music. From the lilting melodies of Brazil (“Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser” and “Olha Maria”) to Freedman’s borderline avant-garde “All Brothers” (with prepared piano) to Abdullah Ibrahim’s gospel-inflected “The Wedding,” Cohen’s playing is convincing and heartfelt.