Avishai Cohen is a highly acclaimed Israeli jazz bassist, composer, and bandleader who has made a significant impact on the contemporary jazz scene. Born on April 20, 1970, in Kabri, Israel, Cohen's musical journey began at an early age when he started playing the piano. However, it was his discovery of the double bass at the age of 14 that truly shaped his career and artistic style.
Cohen's musical style can be described as a fusion of various genres including jazz, world music, classical music, and Middle Eastern influences. His unique approach to the bass incorporates virtuosic technique with deep emotional expression, resulting in a captivating and innovative sound. Cohen's compositions often feature complex rhythmic patterns and intricate melodies that showcase his exceptional musicianship.
Throughout his career, Avishai Cohen has released numerous albums as both a leader and a sideman. His debut album as a leader, "Adama," was released in 1997 and received critical acclaim for its fresh approach to jazz. Since then, he has released over twenty albums under his own name, each showcasing his growth as an artist and composer.
Cohen's accomplishments extend beyond his solo work. He has collaborated with many esteemed musicians such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, and Paquito D'Rivera. Additionally, he was a member of the prestigious Chick Corea New Trio from 2001 to 2003.
One of Cohen's most notable achievements is his role as a bandleader for the Avishai Cohen Trio. The trio comprises Cohen on bass along with Mark Guiliana on drums and Shai Maestro on piano. Together they have created an extraordinary synergy that has captivated audiences worldwide with their dynamic performances.
Avishai Cohen's talent has been recognized by numerous awards and accolades throughout his career.