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Sinan Bakir

Tales and Stories(2013)

As performed in a standard quartet setting (pianist Warren Byrd, upright bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber), the guitarist’s tunes sound like updated classics. Tales & Stories is a pleasure-packed minor masterpiece.

Mark Holston - Jazziz Magazine

The quartet explores the 12 original pieces with grace, fire, wit, and emotional intensity, displaying intuitive interaction throughout. Just let these sounds wash over you; good music can excite and soothe and this is good music.

Richard Kamins - Step Tempest

The 12 varied pieces sometimes mix East and West elements and range from the diaphanous to hard-swinging pieces swaggering with digital dexterity and mental agility. All are engaging, clear, uncluttered, accessible and resonate with a pleasant sense of layered mystery, seasoned with savory hints of the exotic.

Owen McNally - Hartford Courant

On My Way(2009)

Bakir's inspired soloing feeds off of the energy coming from his trio mates, with lines possessing laser-like focus.

Dan Bilawsky - All About Jazz

He is definitely on his way to becoming a creative voice in the world of jazz guitar.

John Vincent Barron - Jazz Review.com

Sinan has given us here is a blueprint of his soul, you’ll find eleven songs which embody a variety of shapes and tones.

Rob Young - Urbanflux

A nice mixture of slower-paced and faster material, played well. Bakir does indeed seem to be a young musician "on his way" and I will be interested to see where he takes his talent next.

Brad Walseth - JazzChicago.net

Jazz has a new vehicle with Sinan Bakir at the helm and this generation can claim him as one of their own.

Lucia Sanchez - Examiner

"On My Way" is a solid debut. It's easy to put this music on and just let it play. The voice of the guitar one hears on the opening cut never wavers or falters throughout."

Richard Kamins - Courant

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Rising jazz guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir is making a name for himself in todays music scene with his unique, creative and exciting approach on the guitar. Turkish born guitarist is striving for a fresh and clean sound and has a highly energetic playing style. Young guitarist is hailed not only as a virtuoso player, but also a masterful composer by his peers. Bakir’s fresh sounding tunes are an amalgam of rock & jazz stylings and driven by strong melodies deriving from the rich Turkish tradition combined with modern jazz harmonies. His all original debut album "On My Way"(2009) with Thomson Kneeland and Mark Ferber received great reviews from many respected jazz publications and music critics all around the world. He has recently released his latest recording "Tales&Stories" from Aslan Records and keeping busy playing Jazz festivals and regular gigs at NY and CT clubs .

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Turkish-born guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir makes a strong debut as a leader with the self-released On My Way, an inventive guitar- trio outing with bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber. As the title suggests, the Hartford, Connecticut-based musician shows he is definitely on his way to becoming a creative voice in the world of jazz guitar. Bakir moves easily from a classic Kenny Burrell-style, especially on chord melody passages (title track and "Steps"), to a more modern, linear approach in the mold of John Scofield ("Stop n' Go," "Karma"). The guitarist effectively mixes bebop lines with chromatic trills, relying heavily on guitaristic hammer-ons and pull-offs, to create a unique voice void of direct imitation. The full effect of Bakir's approach can be felt on the dirge-like ballad "Evergreen." Kneeland, with his deep-in-the-wood tone, cuts through the harmonically-rich ballad "Ice Orbits" with an inventive solo turn. The bassist then displays even more technical brilliance on the Latin- tinged "Steps," paving the way for one of Bakir's more inspired improvised journeys from the session the up-tempo "Play." The disc as a whole benefits from Kneeland being featured prominently. Ferber's sensitive drumming provides the right amount of dynamic push the proceedings, elevating piece to a high level of musicality.

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Tales & Stories

Aslan Records
2014

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On My Way

Self Produced
2010

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Blues for Istanbul

From: On My Way
By Sinan Bakir

Stop N Go

From: On My Way
By Sinan Bakir

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