Bilge Gunaydin: Daydreams

Francesco Martinelli BY

Sign in to view read count
Bilge Gunaydin: Daydreams
Once this disc by Turkish pianist Bilge Gunaydin is in your CD player, you may find it hard to take it out again.

There are several reasons for this. One is to hear the beautiful sound once crafted by composer Sinan Sakizli in his Hayyam Studio, down the hill from Istiklal towards Kasimpasa, a go-to location for quality recording in Istanbul; another is to listen to the instrumental voices of the band members, some of the brightest lights of the Istanbul jazz scene. They include Serhan Erkol on alto saxophone, Tamer Temel on soprano and tenor saxophones, alternating bassists Apostolos Sideris and Kagan Yildiz, drummer Berke Ozgumus and guests Cenk Erdogan on fretless guitar and Esra Kayikci on vocals. They each enrich the affair with their personal contributions.

The main reason, however, is the evocative pulling-power of Bilge's compositions. They charm the listener with quirky harmonic turns, melodic imagination and variety in the arrangements. From open-sounding wind arrangements to nostalgic Turkish tango evocations, this album makes you indeed daydream.

Track Listing

Inception; Snow; Summer; Uvercinka Intro; Uvercinka; Istanbulin Cats; People In Black; Left Hander Intro; Left Hander; Cycles.


Bilge Gunaydin: piano; Serhan Erkol: saxophone, alto; Tamer Temel: saxophone; Kagan Yildiz: bass; Apostolos Sideris: bass, acoustic; Berke Ozgumus: drums; Cenk Erdogan: guitar; Esra Kayikci: voice / vocals.

Album information

Title: Daydreams | Year Released: 2020 | Record Label: ADA Muzik

Post a comment about this album



Shop Amazon


Close to Home
Ari Erev
Up & Down, Sideways
Jon Raskin Quartet
Small Wonders
Zacc Harris Group
Descarga for Bud
Alex Conde
The Dealer
Chico Hamilton
On The Go
Beady Beast


Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective
En Attendant
Marcin Wasilewski Trio
Station Three
Quartet Diminished
The Garden
Rachel Eckroth

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.