Eclectic drummer Tom Cohen sparks out with his release The Guitar Trio Project. Kaleidoscopic visions of drums/ strings promenade us with wonderful known tunes such as "Caravan", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "All the Things You Are", "All Blues". Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jef Lee Johnson attempt a hasty-palpitation on Sonny Rollins' "Airegin".
The tenacious Cohen, keyed to hit on this way, is in awesome interplay with his folks. His homage to Trane, 'Lazy Bird", is breezily injected with Brazilian/Latin motives. The pas de deux between bassist Revis and guitarist Abassi is awesome on 'You and the Night and the Music'.
Alongside Tom Cohen’s magic roll, guitarists Bruce Saunders, Rez Abassi, Jef Lee Johnson, Ben Monder, Paul Bollenbeck and Kurt Rosenwinkel deliver a cogent adjournment to every track, painting beaming harmonic lines, bop drifts and cyclical impulses surrounded by some polyphonic rhythms. Add to all this the presence of bassists John Hebert, Chico Huff, Conrad Korsch, Steve LaSpina and Erci Revis and we attain an opus blazed by great insight and out-standing groundwork.
In a nut shell, Tom Cohen’s The Guitar Project Trio is a conscientious album, highly poetic. A booming achievement is hidden here.... another high step reached by artists who have been around the downtown scene for over a while!