Exciting, creative, challenging, noise, nonsense, genius--all of these words and more have been used for decades by critics and listeners alike to describe the avant-garde movement in jazz. While there seems to be no consensus on the genres appeal, some love it and others detest it, the avant-garde has always had a unique ability to draw out emotions in people, regardless of their listening preferences. The music is technically and musically challenging to the performers and to the listeners as well, who are often not accustomed to the abstract nature of the art. Like any art form that begs the ...read more
It might have been easy to attribute it all to Ornette Coleman. Had he not recorded with quartets that did not include pianos the chances are not many musicians would have had the gumption to structure their quartets likewise. He then went and recorded Song X, one of his most progressive Harmolodic recordings that preceded his Primetime catalogue. The language of saxophone-guitar dialogues has never been the same after Coleman's legendary Harmolodic duels with Pat Metheny. There is a chance that Timucin Sahin may have crossed that horizon after all, with Bafa. Sahin is, musically, a direct ...read more
Turkish-born, Netherlands-educated, and soon-to-be New York-resident guitarist Timuçin Åžahin is but one example showing that a jazz mindset can be found in countries off the beaten path. Like Slovenian guitarist Samo Å alamon, Åžahin's debut, Slick Road (Kalan, 2004), demonstrated that a conventional jazz aesthetic and broader cultural influences need not make strange bedfellows.
The 33 year-old Åžahin seems to have surprisingly little in common with influences normally associated with up-and-coming guitarists, like Frisell, Metheny, and Scofield. Instead, Åžahin's style--all the more distinctive through his use of fretless guitars that afford him an ability to navigate unusual glissandi and microtonal harmonies--is ...read more
With the world becoming a smaller place, jazz is finding its way into unexpected places. Slovenia has a burgeoning jazz scene with artists like Samo Salamon and Jure Pukl; from India artists include the genre-bending Prasanna and the improvisationally rich U. Srinivas; and now, from Turkey comes Timucin Sahin with Slick Road , an album that shows how far away from the American tradition jazz has drifted, all the while remaining vibrant and true to its essence.
Sahin's influences are as rich as his own heritage, which involves being raised in Turkey and then moving to Amsterdam at the age ...read more
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