Never mind the bad first impression. It's having two or three in a row that really kills you.
Turkish clarinetist Bülent AltinbaÅŸ has assembled an intriguing collection of ethnic jazz in The Song, but listeners have to get past three opening techno/ambient songs of dubious value to get there. The initial tracks are so at odds with the rest that it's hard to explain them, aside from an ill-advised attempt at broadening the recording's commercial appeal.
AltinbaÅŸ, 34, performing under the nickname of Kirbi" ("hedgehog" in English), started playing Turkish classical on clarinet as a child ...read more
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