Avishai Cohen Quartet (IL)
Avishai Cohen – trumpet, Yonathan Avishai – piano, Barak Mori – double bass, Ziv Ravitz – percussion
When describing trumpeter Avishai Cohen, The Guardian said “every generation of jazz trumpeters revisits the legacy of Miles Davis in their own ways, but the Israeli rising star Avishai Cohen’s version of the journey has been particularly skillful.”
In 2017, a year after his impressionistic, award winning, and critically-lauded ECM debut
NOCZ & choir (CZ, NO)
Didrik Ingvaldsen – trumpet, Radim Hanousek – saxophone, Marian Friedl – double bass, Dag Magnus Narvesen – percussion; choir: Aneta Podracká Bendová, Helena Tomalová, Markéta Urbánková, Žaneta Vítová, Jana Vondrů, Vojtěch Drnek, Lukáš Hasa, Martin Javorský, Vojtěch Konečný, Vojtěch Šembera
The peculiar musical character of the free-jazz formation NOCZ is given by its interpretation of the Norwegian trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen’s compositions, which combine current trends in experimental jazz with classical free-jazz techniques and a traditional line-up of trumpet, saxophone, double bass, and percussion.
The Norwegian-Czech quartet performs with vibrancy and intense dynamic breaks, combining complexly structured passages with open-ranging plateaus, distinctive melodies, and marked rhythmicality. Besides the bandleader, the overall sound and form of the compositions is significantly influenced by the ensemble’s other members – the saxophonist Radim Hanousek, the double bassist Marian Friedl, and the drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen. The quartet’s well-tested formula has newly been bolstered by a ten-strong choir that gives NOCZ’s works an extra dimension.
NOCZ has been in the jazz scene for ten years now and has four albums to its name; the group often works with Iva Bittová and other prominent personalities of the Czech and Slovak music scene.