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Mehmet Ali Sanlikol

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Grammy nominated composer and JAZZIZ’s Top 10 Critics’ Choice 2014 pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol has been praised by critics all over the world for his unique, pluralist, multicultural and energetic musical voice. He hails from Cyprus and Turkey, and is also a multi-instrumentalist, an active scholar, a Harvard research fellow as well as full-time faculty at New England Conservatory. The Boston Globe noted that Sanlıkol’s “music is colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling. The multiculturalism is not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized; Sanlıkol is a citizen of the world”, “…and he (Sanlıkol) is another who could play decisive role in music’s future in the world.” Sanlıkol’s unique blend of jazz composition and Turkish music has been praised by the Boston Globe as “a true fusion of jazz and folkloric Turkish language and colors.” He is now about to release his next CD with his unique jazz orchestra/combo, Whatsnext?, featuring guest artists Anat Cohen, Dave Liebman, Tiger Okoshi and Antonio Sanchez

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Sizeable Outfits, Enviable Outcomes: Large Ensembles In Pursuit Of Excellence

Read "Sizeable Outfits, Enviable Outcomes: Large Ensembles In Pursuit Of Excellence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Perhaps nothing better symbolizes dogged persistence than the proliferation of large ensembles in every corner of the jazz world. To take on this kind of work can and should be considered injudicious for the rationally-minded, as the investments--time-wise, organizationally, financially, mentally--are beyond compare. But just because the dollars and sense don't add up doesn't mean it's ...

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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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Article: Year in Review

Jack Bowers' Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Jack Bowers' Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Given the angst and turmoil of this most unusual year, I wasn't expecting much in terms of quantity or quality of jazz recordings. Surprise! As it turns out, 2020 was a banner year with a large number of superlative albums regularly arriving for review. A dozen of the best I've heard are named here, and the ...

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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Interview

Kabir Sehgal: Spirited Warrior for Jazz

Read "Kabir Sehgal: Spirited Warrior for Jazz" reviewed by Michael Ricci


Kabir Sehgal has a history of championing meaningful causes for jazz. His wildly impressive background includes five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards as a producer. He is also the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of fourteen books including Jazzocracy: Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation of a New American Mythology (Better ...

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Article: From Far and Wide

Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York

Read "Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York" reviewed by Arthur R George


That any musician, old cat, young lion, or apprentice anywhere, endeavors in jazz is amazing enough, given the elusiveness of “success." That is even more true in jny: Istanbul, Turkey: not a conventional jazz capitol, far from the African-American roots of jazz, and even beyond the music's major continental domiciles. Yet the tilting cobblestoned streets of ...

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Article: Radio

Free Association - Vol.1 with Magda Brand

Read "Free Association - Vol.1 with Magda Brand" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Free Association is a new series of collaborative mixtapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with some of the finest selectors on Mixcloud. Free Association mixtapes develop as a conversation. The first selector sends a tune cherry-picked to suit, and ideally surprise, the second selector who then, in turn, returns the favor. An ...

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Article: Live Review

Bob Brookmeyer Celebration at New England Conservatory

Read "Bob Brookmeyer Celebration at New England Conservatory" reviewed by S.G Provizer


NEC Jazz Orchestra Jordan Hall Bob Brookmeyer Celebration Boston, MA March 1, 2018 All of the composer-arrangers featured at the Bob Brookmeyer Celebration concert had been mentored, to some degree or other, by Bob Brookmeyer. Listening to what each of his former students said during the program and ...

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Article: Live Review

Boston Celebration: The Legacy of Bob Brookmeyer

Read "Boston Celebration: The Legacy of Bob Brookmeyer" reviewed by Doug Hall


Bob Brookmeyer: A Celebration Jordan Hall Boston, MA March 1, 2018The on-going celebration of New England Conservatory's 150th anniversary brought well deserved attention to the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation departments for the 2017-2018 performance season. On March 1st, at Jordan Hall, NEC presented a very special tribute ...


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