Mordechai Cohen has played jazz piano all of his adult life. In addition to his original works in the jazz genre, represented here, he has composed and published modern classical music for varied intstrumental and vocal combinations. His musical career path has been a varied mix of playing every form of 'gig', teaching privately and at pre-college (Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division for over thirty years), community college and university level. In addition, as a second career undertaken at a later stage of his life, he became a tenant activist in the New York City landlord/tenant struggles of the '80s, and went on to get a law degree and practice eviction prevention law in the New York City housing courts with Legal Services for New York, a not for profit law firm offering free legal assistance to the needy. About these offerings the composer has said, 'These are 29 of my jazz compositions. The songs are a collection of work spanning thirty five years . What makes 'jazz composition' unique is that the tune becomes the basis of the improvisation which may become a spontaneous 'jazz composition'. What is a 'jazz composition' ? It is when the improvised choruses have a coherent natural development. The player stays out of the way allowing the muse to control the flow.This experience doesn't always happen but it's always a challenge. 'The tunes have symetrical and asymetrical structures. The performances reflect the interaction of the musical material and my mood. The experience for the performer is not unlike a high wire act where insecurities of balance are hopefully turned into successful journeys. '