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Turkish Hipster: Tales From Swing To Psychedelic

Label: Dunya Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: A Capoeira Turca (Baia Havası); Times of the Turtledove; The Boston Beat; Estarabim; Abraham Suite I. The Fire; Abraham Suite II. The Sacrifice; Abraham Suite III. The Call "A Touch of Eternity".


Article: Album Review

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol: Turkish Hipster: Tales From Swing To Psychedelic

Read "Turkish Hipster: Tales From Swing To Psychedelic" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Those who believe the term Turkish Hipster has to be an oxymoron should get to know composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, a Turk whose seventh album, subtitled “Tales from Swing to Psychedelic," is about as hip as can be. Sanlikol knows where is going but chooses to get there in his own special way, using every weapon ...


An Elegant Ritual

Label: Dunya Records
Released: 2021


The Rise Up

Label: Dunya Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Rumi (The Sun of Tabriz / A Vicious Murder / Rumi’s Solitude); II. Sephardim (Spain, 1492 / Temmuz / A New Land, a New Music); III. Sinan (A Confrontation in Anatolia) / Rise Thru the Barracks / The Owl Song).


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Mehmet Ali Sanlikol: The Rise Up

Read "The Rise Up" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, the boundaries of jazz have spread far beyond any perimeter its early enthusiasts could have envisioned. Yes, the idea for composer / arranger Mehmet Ali Sanlikol's The Rise Up was advanced by saxophonist Dave Liebman--and yes, there's no way to downgrade his jazz credentials. Liebman, Sanlikol says, asked that the piece draw from Turkish and ...


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Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext?: Resolution

Read "Resolution" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nato a Istanbul da genitori turco-ciprioti, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol è un orchestratore, etnomusicologo e pianista che ha studiato composizione a Berklee con Herb Pomeroy e al New England Conservatory con George Russell e Bob Brookmeyer. Suona professionalmente da due decenni ed è un prolifico autore che spazia dal jazz orchestrale alla dimensione classica, dalla musica tradizionale ...



Label: Dunya Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: The Turkish 2nd Line (New Orleans Çiftetellisi), A Dream in Nihavend, Whirl Around, Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Jazz Orchestra in C - I. Medium Funk, "Rebellion"; II. Ballad, "Reminiscence"; III. Up-tempo Swing, "Resolution"; The "Niyaz" Suite - I. A Jazzed Up Devr-i Revan; II. An Afro Semai; Love Theme from Ergenekon.


Article: Album Review

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext?: Resolution

Read "Resolution" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Turkish multi-instrumentalist, composer and ethnomusicologist Mehmet Ali Sanlikol has a wide variety of interests and clearly isn't afraid to think big. His second album, Resolution features two distinct ensembles: a 19-member jazz orchestra and a 12- member jazz combo. Each track, except for “A Dream in Nihavend" and the set closing “Love Theme from Ergenkon," features ...


What's Next

Label: Dunya Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: What’s Next?; Better Stay Home; A Violet Longing; Palindrome; On the Edge of the Extreme Possible; The Blue Soul of Turkoromero; Kozan March; N.O.H.A.; Gone Crazy: A Noir Fantasy.


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