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On 'Big Vicious' Avishai Cohen proves he has never cared much about genre boundaries / kulturnews

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Avishai Cohen never cared much about genre boundaries. On "Big Vicious" he proves this with an impressive range from Beethoven to Massive Attack.

This is an unusual ECM album. A "ping" reverberating for a second, like from the sonar of a submarine, marks the beginning of "Big vicious". Avishai Cohen, who returned to Israeli homeland after many years in New York, founded the band of the same name six years ago. The quintet does not stand for the purely acoustic, sometimes almost uneventful, beautiful sound that the trumpeter celebrates on albums under his own name. A lot happens in "Big vicious", almost too much: rock grooves meet on ambient surfaces, psychedelic echoes on the massive sound of doubled drum kits. Some songs are overloaded, the spherical keyboards and reverberated electric guitars sometimes seem redundant. The cover versions that the band loved during warm-up in the studio are convincing.Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and Massive Attack's immortal anthem "Teardrop", in which Cohen's trumpet takes over the part from singer Liz Fraser - a wistfully easy climax. jp

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