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Born and raised in Israel, Avishai Cohen} has often combined Middle Eastern} and Israeli} music with both electric} and acoustic jazz}. Cohen} began studying the piano at age 11 and was 14 when he became interested in jazz}. After playing piano in a high school jazz} band, Cohen} switched to the electric bass and soon fell in love with the music of Jaco Pastorius}. Cohen} was 16 when he enrolled in the Music & Arts High School in Jerusalem, and as a young adult, he played a few local gigs in Jerusalem before being drafted into the Israeli army. When Cohen}'s two years in the military ended, he was able to concentrate on jazz} once again and decided to try the acoustic bass, which became his main instrument for much of the 1990s. In 1992, Cohen} moved to New York without having any real connections there, and ended up paying the rent doing moving and construction work. But after making some connections in the New York jazz} scene, Cohen} went on to play live gigs with such notables as Ravi Coltrane}, Wynton Marsalis}, Joshua Redman}, Paquito D'Rivera}, Roy Hargrove}, and Leon Parker}. One of his most fruitful associations was with Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez}, who employed him on his 1996 session, Panamonk}. After coming to the attention of Chick Corea} and his longtime business partner, Ron Moss}, Cohen} was signed to their Stretch} label and recorded his first album, Adama}, in 1997. The following year, Corea} hired Cohen} to play in his newly created acoustic outfit, Origin}. Colors} was released in mid-2000. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

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