Cross My Palm with Silver

Cross My Palm with Silver is an album by Israeli trumpeter and composer Avishai Cohen recorded in France in 2016 and released on the ECM label the following year.[1][2]

Cross My Palm with Silver
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 5, 2017
RecordedSeptember 2016
StudioStudios La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines, France
ECM 2548
ProducerManfred Eicher
Avishai Cohen chronology
Into the Silence
Cross My Palm with Silver


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [3]
The Guardian     [4]
All About Jazz     [5]

The AllMusic review by Matt Collar notes "the Israeli-born Cohen (who studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music) was known as a boundary-pushing maverick whose various projects found him moving from extroverted bop standards to groove-oriented klezmer jazz, avant-garde improvisation, and expansive, ambient soundscapes. Cross My Palm with Silver finds Cohen achieving a better balance between his exuberant post-bop inclinations and his more poetic, classical, avant-garde side ... it's Cohen and his bandmates' deft improvisational skill and wide artistic sensibility, straddling straight-ahead jazz, classical, and the avant-garde, that helps make Cross My Palm with Silver such a bright spot in his discography".[3]

In The Guardian, John Fordham wrote "often echoing the spaciousness and quiet melodic strength of last year’s compositionally dominant Into the Silence. The sense of ensemble conversation is more urgent, however, befitting the leader’s search for music that cherishes active empathy in a fractured world".[4]

All About Jazz reviewer Karl Ackermann stated "There remains an otherworldliness in much of Cohen's music whether elevating or affecting and he importantly, avoids saccharine effects in conveying powerful emotions".[5]

In JazzTimes, Britt Robson wrote "the iconic production of Manfred Eicher’s label again seems perfectly suited to etching forth the nuances of Cohen’s exquisite tone, which manages to sound sharp and buffered at the same time".[6]

JazzIz's Matt Micucci noted "Trumpeter and composer Avishai Cohen’s sophomore release on ECM is a reflective journey that grapples with the existential crises facing the world today. At barely 38 minutes, the album’s five tracks present a delicate interplay between temporal precision and intuitive improvisation. Cohen deftly utilizes drummer Nasheet Waits, pianist Yonathan Avishai and bassist Barak Mori to communicate the raw emotions of his music. A somber vibe and universal consciousness are the common threads that tie each piece together".[7]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Avishai Cohen

  1. ""Will I DIe, Miss? Will I Die?"" – 10:20
  2. "Theme for Jimmy Greene" – 5:24
  3. "340 Down" – 3:51
  4. "Shoot Me in the Leg" – 12:09
  5. "50 Years and Counting" – 7:03



  1. ^ ECM discography accessed June 6, 2018
  2. ^ Avishai Cohen discography accessed June 6, 2018
  3. ^ a b Collar, Matt. Avishai Cohen – Cross My Palm with Silver > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Fordham, J. The Guardian Review accessed June 6, 2018
  5. ^ a b Ackermann, Karl. "Avishai Cohen: Cross My Palm with Silver". Musical reviews. All About Jazz. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Robson, B. JazzTimes Review accessed June 6, 2018
  7. ^ Micucci, M. JazzIz Review accessed June 6, 2018