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Konstrukt: L.O.T.U.S.

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With each new Konstrukt release I get anxious, wondering just where these Istanbul musicians, and current bearers of the free jazz banner, are headed next? To our Western ears, they seemingly arrived from nowhere. Turkish free jazz, really? But it didn't take long before we became familiar with names like guitarist Umut Çağlar, saxophonist Korhan Futacı, and bassist Barlas Tan Özemek. Together with a cast of other Turkish musicians that swelled, the ensemble attracted giants of free jazz, including Peter ...

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Konstrukt: Molto Bene

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Many listeners still cannot fathom the concept of Turkish free jazz. Consider though, the origins of free jazz both in North American. The United States claims John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Cecil Taylor. But let us recognize that Europe produced Evan Parker (England), Bengt Nordström (Sweden), John Tchicai (Denmark), Peter Brötzmann (Germany), and Han Bennink (The Netherlands). Moreover, consider Ayler spent many years in Sweden, Coleman performed with the Master Musicians Of Jajouka, Taylor's ...

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Konstrukt & Peter Brötzmann: The Message: Live At Kargart

Read "The Message: Live At Kargart" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Breathe, just keep breathing, you tell yourself as the latest offering from the free jazz saviors spins on the turntable. Pressed in an edition of just 200 LPs, The Message: Live At Kargart is a treasure of sound. Actually it is more than just sound, it is an independent self-contained space craft carrying music from a future. A time once prophesied by the likes of John Coltrane & Rashied Ali, Frank Lowe, Sunny Murray, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, and ...

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Konstrukt & Joe McPhee: If You Have Time

Read "If You Have Time" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There was a time when free jazz was a mysteriously strange and exotic beast, a music that evoked the “what did I just hear?" response. Today's jazz snob may quote the motto of the rock band Jane's Addiction and tell you “nothing's shocking." And that may be true. That is, if one's ears are not open to the energy and intelligence of musicians like Joe McPhee and the Turkish improvising ensemble Konstrukt. Konstrukt has performed and recorded multiple ...

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Konstrukt and William Parker: Live At NHKM

Read "Live At NHKM" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let me propose the notion that American poet Emily Dickinson was a free jazz fan. Sure, you have to look past the fact that she died in 1886, when Buddy Bolden was but nine years old. But consider her words: “The worthlessness of Earthly things/The Ditty is that Nature Sings -/And then -enforces their delight/Til Synods are inordinate." She wrote about, and lived in a world much like that of a free jazz musician. Stowed away in her little house, ...

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konstruKt and Joe McPhee: Babylon: The First Meeting of Istanbul

Read "Babylon: The First Meeting of Istanbul" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Taken at face value, konstruKt's catchphrase, “Free Jazz from Turkey," seems a tad pedestrian. But, if one considers Turkey's place in the world-literally the crossing point between Asia and Europe-its crazy-quilt ethnic diversity, and its continued religious and political unrest, it's a fitting metaphor. Oddly, most of the band's recorded output features invited guest artists from the US and Europe. In addition to multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, featured here, konstruKt has collaborated with Evan Parker, Marshall Allen, Peter Brotzmann and Eugene ...

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Konstruct rules the world

Read "Konstruct rules the world" reviewed by Mark Corroto

KonstruKt with Marshall Allen, Barlas Tan Özemek, and Hüseyin Ertunç Vibrations Of The Day Holidays Records 2014 If you are old enough, you might remember when four lads from Liverpool conquered America with rock-and-roll, or how the Rolling Stones redefined the blues tradition. The American blues tradition, that is. Add to that short list, the Turkish band Konstrukt. This quartet of saxophonist Korhan Futacı, guitarist Umut Çağlar, drummer Korhan Argüden and percussionist Özün Usta ...


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