Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

368

Saadet T: Urumchi

Derek Taylor By

Sign in to view read count
The Swiss Intakt imprint has long evinced a stake in stewarding ethnic improvisatory traditions. This new album by Kazakhstani vocalist Saadet Türköz presents one of the most striking distillations of an age-old idiom. Türköz's roots lie in the musical traditions of her forbearers, bred in the windswept steppe lands of what is now Eastern China. As a longtime resident of Zurich, European cultures have also flavored her perspective, but the music on Urumchi closely limns her ethnic heritage to create music that is both ancient sounding and bracingly immediate.

The disc's fourteen songs occupy under an hour's time. Türköz's voice, unprocessed and stunning in its emotional impact, soars and glides through verses in her native tongue. Strict meaning may be lost on Western ears (lyric translations are not included), but the feeling behind the sung stanzas stands out in emblematic relief. Accompaniment is spare but effective and ranges from bowed and plucked string instruments like the lute-related dombra to hand percussion, clay flute and Jew's harp. Cello even crops up on the brief "Elimay in sorrowful concert with the operatic strains of Türköz's voice. Dancing arpeggiated dombra runs bracket her lush resonating musings on "Silözen and "Akbulak, songs both elegant and exploratory in their conception, propelled by salubrious rhythmic couplets.

"Alis unfurls as an aural analogue to mist-shrouded peaks, arco strings and airborne flute braiding with Türköz's rich laryngeal trills to create a sound that's oddly akin an Irish chant. She sits out on the gorgeous "Küy, leaving Sayan Akmolda to a solo recital on the kilkobuz, a violin-like instrument whose virile arco strains rise and recede in opulent tonal swathes. Karsiga Ahmediyar gets a similar chance at solitary virtuosity on "Nurgisa, his tautly strung dombra launching galloping salvos that would likely make most classical guitarists green with envy.

Elsewhere, I was reminded remotely of the sounds of Djivan Gasparyan and Hamza El Din. Other listeners will no doubt attach their own personal referents, and it's this universality that speaks most to the palpable beauty of Türköz's art. Hers is a living expressive form that reverberates with and responds to individual experience, pointing out and celebrating the interconnectedness of all things. The Intakt label may be primarily known as a vehicle for Western European improvisers, but this disc points again to the impressive breadth of its interests. In the end, we remain the lavish beneficiaries of broad ears.


Track Listing: Tansamalim; Sil

Personnel: Saadet T

Title: Urumchi | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Intakt Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Warning: include(/data/websites/jazznearyou.com/www/html/templates/calendar/cal_related_cached.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/websites/allaboutjazz.com/www/html/content/article.php on line 68

Warning: include(): Failed opening '/data/websites/jazznearyou.com/www/html/templates/calendar/cal_related_cached.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php5:/data/websites/allaboutjazz.com/www/html:/usr/share/php') in /home/websites/allaboutjazz.com/www/html/content/article.php on line 68

More Articles

Read Flaneur CD/LP/Track Review Flaneur
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: January 16, 2018
Read D'Agala CD/LP/Track Review D'Agala
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 16, 2018
Read Vertical CD/LP/Track Review Vertical
by Don Phipps
Published: January 16, 2018
Read In Stride CD/LP/Track Review In Stride
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 16, 2018
Read Solid Gold CD/LP/Track Review Solid Gold
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 15, 2018
Read Ts'iibil Chaaltun CD/LP/Track Review Ts'iibil Chaaltun
by Don Phipps
Published: January 15, 2018
Read "Serenade for Horace" CD/LP/Track Review Serenade for Horace
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: October 11, 2017
Read "Random Acts of Order" CD/LP/Track Review Random Acts of Order
by John Sharpe
Published: November 15, 2017
Read "The Invariant" CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "One Night in Indy" CD/LP/Track Review One Night in Indy
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 15, 2018
Read "So Nice!" CD/LP/Track Review So Nice!
by Jeff Winbush
Published: August 30, 2017
Read "Les Deux Versants Se Regardent" CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017