Australian pianist Tal Cohen unveils compositional wizardry on new CD
(Published: February 12, 2013)
The dazzling artistry of Tal Cohen's latest album Yellow Sticker unveils not only the technical skills of a rising Australian talent but his compositional wizardry as well. The result is an album that is breathtaking in its free-flowing energy and smooth craftsmanship. Joined by tenor saxophonist Jamie Oehlers, bassist Pete Jeavons, and drummer Chris Tarr, Cohen uses his piano to weave ideas with emotions, reeling in both the hearts and minds of listeners.
The album opens at a brisk pace with the fiery title track. Cohen's playful piano is brimming with spunk and unbridled enthusiasm. Tarr's shuffling drums and Oehlers' explosive sax catch fire, and soon the whole band is jamming feverishly. What a way to introduce yourself to a new, international audience. Cohen isn't merely trying to appeal to a regional audience here; it's a strike for a global fan base, and a strong one at that. Thankfully, this is a record that is built on different layers so none of it gets old; each track seems to convey new life. For example, "Everything Happens to Me" aims for a romantic mood, and the warm tranquility of Cohen's piano is lovingly complemented by Oehlers' sultry saxophone.
"Tziport" returns Cohen to his bursts of power and features some of his most impressive playing. Oehlers' breezy sax pushes the groove even further, creating an awe-inspiring experience that lingers in the mind long after the disc has quit spinning.
More Information: http://www.talcohen.com.au