Cohen made his debut as a leader in 2003 with The Trumpet Player, followed by the expansive, world music-infused After the Big Rain in 2007. More genre-bending, avant-garde-leaning albums followed in 2008 with Seven and Flood, the second part of the Big Rain trilogy. Also around this time he paired with pianist Jason Linder for 2009's Now vs. Now and augmented trombonist Rafi Malkiel
's ensemble for 2010's Water.
Returning to his own groups, Cohen next debuted his Ornette Coleman
- and Don Cherry
-influenced Triveni trio with Introducing Triveni in 2010. A year later, he came on board as a member of the SFJazz Collective
for the 2011 concert, Music of Stevie Wonder and New Compositions: Live in New York 2011 Season 8. He then returned to his solo work with 2012's Triveni II, after which he joined saxophonist Mark Turner
's quartet for 2014's Lathe of Heaven. Also in 2014, the trumpeter reconvened his Triveni trio for the intimate session Dark Nights.
In 2016, Cohen made his ECM
debut with Into the Silence, featuring saxophonist Bill McHenry
, pianist Yonathan Avishai, bassist Eric Revis
, and drummer Nasheet Waits
. Recorded in the wake of his father's death, the album showcased a more introspective and atmospheric sound from the trumpeter. The following year, he gathered the same ensemble (with bassist Barak Mori replacing Revis
) for his second ECM
effort, Cross My Palm with Silver. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi