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.
The Bad Plus is a perfect Jazz trio for the 21st century. The members honor the best of musical tradition, while also embracing the spirit of progressive, changing times. On 'It’s Hard,' the band reworks songs by everyone from TV on the Radio to Barry Manilow.
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.