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Alper Yilmaz: Over The Clouds

Read "Over The Clouds" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

If Alper Yilmaz's 2007 debut Clashes (Kayique Records) was a precursor, then his sophomore release Over The Clouds solidifies the Turkish-born bassist as a force to be reckoned with. With an electric bass as his axe of choice, he delivers muscularity and ingenuity in the vein of the great Jaco Pastorius and present day players like Matthew Garrison with timing, improvisation, and elasticity that allows his band the freedom to explore. His progressive compositions are elevated by ...

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Alper Yilmaz: Clashes

Read "Clashes" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Bassist, composer and arranger Alper Yilmaz chooses to profile the compositions on his debut release as leader by using two quintets with the same instrumentation. One has musicians from Istanbul, the other from New York. Michael McGinnis is the exception, being the only common member besides Yilmaz. While this is interesting, the impact can only come from the strength of Yilmaz's compositions and the way in which the musicians interpret and extend them, and the bassist is well-served by his ...


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