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Anat Cohen remembers Vic Juris, in a Qobuz audiophile exclusive

Anat Cohen at the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival
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Anat Cohen at 2022 Newport Jazz Festival, performing on a tribute to George Wein.

Anat Cohen is no stranger to the art of musical tribute. At the Newport Jazz Festival a couple of weeks ago, she lifted spirits during a culminating celebration of George Wein, wielding her clarinet on a sprightly version of "Jitterbug Waltz."

Today, in an exclusive for the Hi-Res streaming and download platform Qobuz, Cohen releases another nod to a dearly departed friend: guitarist Vic Juris, who died in 2019. "Calling Vic Juris" was composed by Gilad Hekselman, who joins Cohen on the 24-bit track, which was mixed in THX Spatial Audio to conjure a "live" listening experience.

"With this audio format I could express the influences of both the acoustic and electric worlds we breathe," says Cohen in a press statement.

Anat Cohen at the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival
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"Calling Vic Juris" is one of three new tracks released to showcase the Qobuz/THX Spatial Audio partnership. The others are "Double Dare," by the experimental folk artist Circuit des Yeux, and "Whenever You're Ready," by alternative rock stalwarts Dinosaur Jr.

WBGO has spotlighted Qobuz exclusives before, notably when Christian McBride — Wein's successor as artistic director at the Newport Jazz Festival, and musical director of that all-star finale — released a funk-fusion jam with guitarist Mike Stern last year.

Cohen's track is exclusively available to those with a Qobuz subscription, listening from a device of their choice over any headphones. "Vic was a wonderful musician and person who inspired many listeners, students and colleagues including myself and Gilad," she attests. "We recorded the song as an acoustic duo and then added layers of clarinet and guitar. The THX Spatial Audio format amplifies the building momentum heard as the track progresses, especially ~3.5 minutes in when the clarinet tracks soar with and above the multiple layers of guitars."

For more information about Anat Cohen, visit her website.

Nate Chinen