Avishai Cohen – Calm

Avishai Cohen alongside Christian McBride is my favorite contemporary upright bassist. Unlike McBride, he has found a very particular sound and approach to music, mixing modern Jazz with middle eastern influences and playful rhythms. In the past, he was mainly known for having been the bass player for the Chick Corea band but since then made a huge impact with his own group and trio work.

Calm is a song from Cohen’s Continuo album featuring Sam Barsh playing keys (coincidently, he also appears on Anderson .Paak’s Malibu) and Mark Guiliana on drums. Compared to most other tracks, Calm has a relatively simple bassline and is driven mostly by arpeggios played by the piano. Grab the transcription and follow along: