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ARTICLE: UNSUNG HEROES

Remembering Turkish pianist and trombonist Elvan Araci

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As far as I can see only Turkish media published news about the loss of Turkish pianist and trombonist Elvan Aracı, 66, in Stockholm. From 1977 to 1999 Aracı lived in Sweden where he notably collaborated with Muvaffak `Maffy` Falay, Okay Temiz and Bernt Rosengren, notably in Maffy Falay's sextet with Rosengren, Åke Johansson on piano, ...

Jazz From Around the World: Asia

Read "Jazz From Around the World: Asia" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Asia is the most culturally and ethnically diverse continent. It is, therefore, hard to distill all its jazz influenced musical legacies into 10 albums. Some countries have robust jazz scenes that, nevertheless, are fundamentally derivative of European and American styles. In other musical cultures jazz has just recently made inroads. Below are 10 historic records that ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Don Cherry: Live in Stockholm

Read "Don Cherry: Live in Stockholm" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Trumpeter and world-music pioneer Don Cherry had a very special relationship with Sweden, a place he called home for twenty years. And Sweden had a special relationship with Cherry: the country and its musicians recognized the master in their midst, and in 1972 the state-subsidized record company Caprice put out the double album Organic Music Society ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Turkish Free Music Box Set

Read "Turkish Free Music Box Set" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This project is a labor of love. It began when guitarist Umut Çağlar, head of the Turkish avant-jazz label and musicians collective and band KonstruKt, found a new edition of a rare album documenting the musical meeting of American multi-instrumentalist Phil Musra with one of the forefathers of Turkish free jazz scene, drummer Hüseyin Ertunç (At ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Don Cherry: Organic Music Society

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Don Cherry

Organic Music Society

Caprice

2012

By the early 1970s, trumpeter Don Cherry had moved a long way--geographically and musically--from the music that had earned him a reputation as one of free jazz's great innovators. Resident in Sweden, he had embarked on a pioneering exploration of world ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

The 19th Istanbul Jazz Festival Line-up Announced

The 19th Istanbul Jazz Festival Line-up Announced

THE STAR MAP OF JAZZ WILL BE ON ISTANBUL SKIES The 19th Istanbul Jazz Festival, 3-19 July 2012 A glamorous line-up with Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette, Morrissey, Erykah Badu, Antony and the Johnsons, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Okay Temiz, Burhan Öçal, Hüsnü Şenlendirici, İmer Demirer, Bilal Karaman, Lyambiko, Ernest Ranglin, Monty Alexander, Caro Emerald, Sharon Jones ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2011: The Year In Jazz

Read "2011: The Year In Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The ebb and flow of jazz in 2011 was marked by a Grammy Awards coup, a Grammy dustup, economic changes that consolidated the recording industry a bit, impacted clubs in various locales, and provided some new opportunities. The U.S. Postal Service literally put its stamp on jazz, even as the government wrestled with the future of ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Re:konstruKt: New Music Online from Istanbul

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The online independent label re:konstruKt was founded in 2008 by Umut Çağlar, an Istanbul-based guitarist and leader of the konstruKt quartet. The label was formed few months after the band's first rehearsals. Its initial purpose was to document the evolution of the Istanbul experimental scene.

Çağlar's development as a musician is a good ...