Howard Reich has chosen some of the top jazz recordings to date for Chicago Tribune. On the list: Ryan Cohan’s forthcoming release for Origin Records, “Originations“.
Reich says: “…pianist-composer Cohan has a well-honed gift for writing long-form jazz compositions. It reaches a high point in “Originations,” a suite Cohan performed to vivid effect at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in 2018. The new recording deepens earlier favorable impressions of the piece, which amounts to a series of tone poems in which Cohan explores his Middle Eastern heritage – Jewish and Arabic.”
On Originations, Ryan Cohan brings his broad spectrum of musical influences and sensibilities across multiple genres into focus through a personal lens in his most compelling musical statement to date. 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.
Had an AMAZING time playing Originations with my jazz chamber ensemble last weekend at the Chicago Jazz Festival to an electric crowd of about 10,000 enthusiastic listener’s on Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion Stage! It was an honor to perform on a bill with Ben Wendel’s Seasons project, Christian McBride and Cecile McLorin Savant about which the Chicago Tribune wrote: “The other high point of Saturday evening’s lineup belonged to Chicago composer-pianist Ryan Cohan … ORIGINATIONS surely places Cohan in the first rank of contemporary jazz composers.”
Originations album will be available in the spring of 2020 on Origin Records. Stay tuned for CD release dates and other information coming soon !!