Israeli jazz bassist Avishai Cohen has long chafed at genre limitations, prioritizing his eclectic writing over the simple flaunting of monster chops. With 1970, Cohen makes his biggest departure, singing an entire album of songs, often of love and heartbreak, with a distinctly pop and rock flavor. The touchstones are broader, however: Cohen’s great love of gospel and soul, Latin, Jewish, and other music comes through. And when he does decide to feature the bass, he does not hold back.

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