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Anat Cohen: Citizen of the globe

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The clarinet is Anat Cohen’s traveling companion. With it, Cohen has visited many worlds, both geographic and musical. Cohen is a native of Israel. The country has a great jazz scene, she says. But one particular scene is evidently not enough for her. In 1999 Cohen moved to New York, where she leads bands and operates her Anzic Records label.

Bad Plus: It's not a cover if it's appropriation

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Bad Plus is a next-level cover band. Or they’re not really a cover band at all. The leaderless jazz trio made a splash in 2003 with its first Columbia Records album, which included a go at Nirvana’s “Smells Like Team Spirit.” It was deemed something of a novelty at the time, even though pop compositions have been fodder for jazz players for as long as there has been jazz music.

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