Credits

Produced by Lars Nilsson and Avishai Cohen
Executive Producer: Ray Jefford for Razdaz Recordz / Parlophone / Warner France
Recorded at Kicha Studios, Tel Aviv, Israel, by Lars Nilsson on 2nd to 9th June 2013 except #10 recorded on 4th and 5th September 2012 by Marko Gurkan.
Mixed and mastered by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden in June and July 2013. Production team Nilento Studios: Jenny Nilsson & Michael Dahlvid. www.nilento.se
All songs written and composed by Avishai Cohen except #3 (On a Black Horse - Vladimir Grigoryevich Zakharov), #4 (Thad Jones), #5 (Traditional), #6 (Moshe Vilensky), #9 (Nachum Heiman) and #10 (Ram Da Oz, Lyrics: Y. L. Peretz).
All tracks arranged by Avishai Cohen. All songs published by Gadu Music / SonyATV Publishing except #3 On a Black Horse (Copyright Control), #4 (D’Accord Music, Inc./ASCAP), #5 (Copyright Control), #6 (Copyright Control), #9 (NMC Music Entertainment), and #10 (Tarbut-Vechinuch).

Avishai Cohen: double & electric bass, vocals.
Nitai Hershkovits: piano. Ofri Nehemya: drums (except on #10). Cordelia Hagmann: violin (except on #10). Amit Landau: viola (except on #10). Noam Haimovitz Weinschel: viola. Yael Shapira: cello. Yoram Lachish: oboe and english horn. Amir Bresler: drums (on #10). Keren Tannenbaum: violin (on #10). Galia Hai: viola (on #10).
Fazioli piano provided by Piano World, Tel Aviv, Israel.

With “Almah”, his fourteenth album as leader, the Israeli bass player and composer, Avishai Cohen has gone back to the roots of his first musical experience: classical writing and harmony. The jazzman has never stopped proclaiming this enlightened heritage throughout a career that is colourful and steeped in all kinds of experiences. But he is taking this to new heights by celebrating it this time with an instrumental ensemble that brings together his trio (the pianist Nitai Hershkovits and the drummer Ofri Nehemya), a string quartet and an oboe.

 

Blending original pieces, standards and covers of old songs, this tireless explorer brings together the best of every musical avenue that takes his fancy: the highly demanding work of the composer coupled with the changing textures and brilliance of the improviser, the sophisticated beauty of the American songbook joining forces with the lyrical power of the popular Israeli or Arabic melodies…“This is an album that defines a new language which carries the genes of a perfect synthesis between classical music and jazz, giving both the depth and respect they deserve.” (Tal Hashiloni, Presenter and Broadcaster)

 

Dense, deep and full of life, “Almah” touches the very heart of what it means to be an artist with multiple talents and whose expression is totally unique.

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