More than once he has performed before a sold-out BIMHUIS: trumpeter Avishai Cohen, who must not be confused with the bassist of the same name, is globally recognized because of his thoughtful, expressive style. The breadth of jazz references in his playing make it ‘irresistible for fans, but it’s beautiful contemporary music for just about anyone’, according to The Guardian in a 5-star review of his album Into the Silence. Its follower Cross My Palm With Silver received similar praise. Pianist Yonathan Avishai plays a key role on these albums. Born in Tel Aviv, like his band leader, Yonathan is being recognized as a composer, especially since the release of his ECM debut Joys and Solitudes earlier this year. ‘Yonathan Avishai’s debut is exhilarating, as a whole universe of notes, phrases, melodies, and rhythms hang in the air, unsure of whether to fall into an orderly line or scatter across the aural canvas’ (JazzTimes). ‘Avishai Cohen can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries’ (JazzTimes).