Ryan Cohan

Here and Now

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This is an intriguing set of compositions and arrangements by pianist Ryan Cohan. The voicings of the sextet (not all of the personnel are on every cut) are reminiscent of Herbie Hancock on his Speak Like a Child album of the 1960s. Cohan makes his group sound much larger than six pieces, particularly on numbers that have Jim Gailloreto on flute or soprano. Chances are good that none of the ten originals will become standards, but Cohan is a superior writer and some of these pieces could be covered by other current jazz musicians if they hear this set. The solos are consistently strong and are logical extensions of the arrangements. Well worth several close listens.

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