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Cohen, Emmet: In the Element

"Emmet Cohen, a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, at the age of 21. Cohen has shared the bandstand with a plethora of musical luminaries, including Christian McBride, Benny Golson, Joshua Redman, Dave Holland, Patti Austin, Maceo Parker, Carmen Bradford, and Billy Hart. Cohen is completing a music degree at the University of Miami where he studies with Brian Lynch, Terence Blanchard, Shelly Berg, and Martin Bejerano. Emmet regularly appears as a sideman and leader on both piano and Hammond B3 Organ in New York and Miami" (http://www.emmetcohen.com/, 2011).

"It's Alright with Me" kicks the album off to a fast start and is an early album highlight. "Resentment (Without Reason)", is also full of life, with extra drum support and amazingly fast keyboard work. "Where or When" slows down the pace and takes the listener in a different direction. "Just Deserts" adds the sounds of Greg Gisbert's trumpet, giving even more fullness to the soundscape. The title track, "In the Element" picks the pace back up and provides a great beat to keep you moving. "Three O' Clock in the Morning" has a trumpet that is a little too early for that time of day, but the keyboards help to take the edge off the brilliant highs.

All around a great piano album full of support from the rest of the band members Cohen has invited to the studio.

Track Listing:

1. It's Alright with Me
2. Resentment (Without Reason)
3. Where or When
4. The Swarm
5. Just Deserts
6. Good Morning Heartache
7. In the Element
8. Simone
9. For All We Know
10. Three O' Clock in the Morning

Added: November 23rd 2011
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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Related Link: Emmet Cohen.com
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Language: english

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