Being my first thread I hope I'm not dropping a bomb and ruining my, um, good name. But...I just saw Chick Corea's New Trio here in Portland, Oregon. Jeff Ballard on drums, Avishai Cohen on bass. Jeff Ballard is incredible. Enjoying to watch and a great player. Cohen, well, not so impressive. I found myself seriously under-whelmed by Cohen. After all the good words coming out of the hype machine and with the example set by Vitous and Pattitucci I was expecting some sort of technical monster. Instead, his intonation was spotty, his soloing was uninteresting and, for the most part, unrelated to the songs. I read an interview with him recently and he spoke about learning some percussion techniques from Cachao or someone who studied with Cachao. But Avishai's percussion moments were limited to occasional triplets and some barely in-time quarter notes. Not too exciting. At first I thought maybe he was pulling something way out and my head was too square to get it. So I called up all the gigging bassists I know. My sentiments were felt unanimously. He seemed to be unable to match the musical ability of either Corea or Ballard. While he got the hits right and was able to stay in time, he didn't add and I think actually hurt the performance. A different bassist could have added a lot to the show. So, what's the deal? Is he just hype, a future monster but hasn't found his voice or was it a bad night? Should I head out for another listen?