Artist: Ryan Cohan

Recorded by: Vijay Tellis-Nayak at Transient Sound (Chicago, IL)

Mixed and Mastered by: Rich Breen at Dogmatic Sound (Burbank, CA)

” ‘Originations’ surely places Cohan in the first rank of contemporary jazz composers.”
The Chicago Tribune

“An original masterpiece!” –Ramsey Lewis, NEA Jazz Master




With the support of a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission (his third), Cohan penned Originations – a stunning work of six integrally linked yet independently standing compositions scored for an eleven-piece jazz chamber ensemble. The narrative driving the music boldly illuminates and affirms the vital human and spiritual connections between disparate traditions and ideologies.

Featuring a dynamic symbiosis of Middle Eastern and North African musical themes, Western classical music elements, modern jazz and impressionistic harmonic colors and improvisation, Originations blurs its diverse stylistic ingredients to create a vibrant sonic tapestry woven in Cohan’s distinctive voice.



Ryan Cohan – piano, composer, producer
John Wojciechowski – clarinet, flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone
Geof Bradfield – bass clarinet, soprano saxophone
Tito Carrillo – trumpet, flugelhorn
James Cammack – acoustic bass
Michael Raynor – drums
Omar Musfi – riqq, frame drum, dumbek

KAIA String Quartet:
Victoria Moreira – violin
Naomi Culp – violin
Amanda Grimm – viola
Hope DeCelle – cello