Anat Cohen's latest album blends Brazilian and Middle Eastern music
"Quartetinho" draws from Cohen's Grammy-nominated Tentet group
Among Anat Cohen's promotional material is a quote: "The clarinet took over my life. I am happily surrendering."
"Happily" is the key word here. Cohen radiates joy from every part of her body when she plays.
Cohen's most recent project is the "Quartetinho" or "little quartet," drawn from the Grammy-nominated Tentet group she formed a few years ago. The Quartetinho album, released on Oct. 7, features Cohen on clarinet and bass clarinet, Vitor Gonçalves on accordion and piano, Tal Mashiach on bass and 7-string guitar, and James Shipp on percussion, vibraphone and electronics.
The Quartetinho plays Cohen's signature mix of Brazilian and Middle Eastern music, blended with swing and seasoned with a bit of New Orleans spice.
Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5 p.m. The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.