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Turquoise, an large improv group led by Turkish/Danish drummer Atilla Engin, takes the idea of world music and applies it in a much broader sense than the usual. First and foremost on this record, of course, is traditional Anatolian musicwhich constitutes three tracks. These reconstructions enrich the original Turkish melodies with African percussion and Afro-American jazz harmonies. The remainder of the record consists of a highly varied mixture of cultural elements, native instruments, and percussion from Anatolian, African, and Afro-American jazz traditions. Half the tracks are recorded live, while the remainder come from the studio.
As you might imagine, Turquoise delivers anything but the expected. While portions of this record sag from too much drab synth texture, other parts scintillate because they cover a wide dynamic range and make effective use of the huge variety of percussion available to this group. So it's a mixed bag: Mosaic of Anatolia is a real mosaic of sound, where you're likely to find some really inventive and satisfying music packed together with the occasional static and over-produced tune. Take your picklisten carefully.
Track Listing: Mosaic of Anatolia; Magical Zurna on the Run; Yemen Turkusu; In Love With Blue; Gekte Yildiz Ay Misin?;
Gilharmonic; Leyla; Perquana Amerikana; Scrumpy Feel; Istanbul and Beyond.
Personnel: Atilla Engin: misc. percussion, voice, electric piano; Gilad: misc. percussion; Frank Colon: misc. percussion;
Stephan Crump: electric and acoustic bass; Ray Ippolito: guitar, synth guitar; Hale Birgl: vocals; Adam Klipple:
keyboard; John Kruth: African bamboo flute, kaval, mouth harmonica, zurna; Dan Jordan: tenor and alto saxes,
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com