Continuo (the follow up to the critically acclaimed At Home) displays the magic of a working band. Cohen says, ‘I’m very grateful to have two young masters (pianist Sam Barsh and drummer Mark Guiliana) of their instruments with me to convey that they are, on one hand, young in their ever thirsty minds for more information, and, on the other, old enough in their souls to emotionally express themselves on a very high level through the compositions. The trio, that has been delighting audiences around the world for almost three years, welcomed into the fold a long-time collaborator of Cohen’s, fellow Israeli Amos Hoffman, who contributed his singular oud playing to several tracks. Avishai explains, ‘a lot of the new material on Continuo has a through-composed, classical music-like nature to it, as well as open sections for solos. In addition to that, there are strong Middle Eastern influences in some parts of the compositions. Contemplating the material for the album, I realized I wanted an additional colour added to the trio in order to enhance those influences. There was only one man for the job, Amos Hoffman.’ ‘I’m excited and proud to offer you some moments of my life once again, reflected through the music.’ says Cohen.
- Avishai Cohen - Acoustic and Electric Bass
- Sam Barsh - Piano
- Mark Guiliana - Drums and Percussion
- Amos Hoffman - Oud
- Mikal Kratz - Art and Design
- Daniel Kedem - Photography
- Ray Jefford - Producer
- Asher Bitansky - Associate Producer
- All compositions written and Arranged by Avishai Cohen
- Published by GADU MUSIC/BMI
- All tracks were recorded and mixed by Lars Nilsson 10th - 17th December 2005, at Nilento Studios AB
Sound Engineer: Lars Nilsson
Assistant Engineer: Bo Savik
"This is a superbly controlled record, balancing the booming ego in Avishai Cohen's bass lines with the diligent niceties of Sam Barsh's baroque-infused piano and Amos Hoffman's oud added for dramatic effect on half the tracks. 4/5"