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Istanbul In Blue [Single]

Fahir Atakoglu Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 12, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Far&Here LLC
  • ASIN: B00139YZPI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Istanbul In Blue is a wide-ranging set that at first seems like jazz/rock fusion, but also includes the influences of Turkish music, some acoustic interludes, and sections that are completely unclassifiable. Atakoglu gathered together an all-star cast for the CD. In sidemen I look for musicianship, color, original styles and for whatever the musicians can bring to my melodies. I write the melody and sort of have an arrangement in mind but, when we rehearse, I listen closely to their input and how they interpret the themes. El Negro gives a new life to the odd time signatures that I use such as 7/8 and 10/8; his polyrhythms fit right in. Anthony Jackson is a genius of harmony. Both Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz are brilliant guitarists and it was a pleasure having saxophonist Bob Franceschini on the set. Much of the evolving and development that occurs within the individual pieces was created by the musicians on the spur of the moment. I leave the musicians free to interpret my music as much as possible. The program begins with Fuse On, a catchy and concise opener that is reminiscent of fusion in its prime and does a perfect job of introducing the band. All of the musicians make strong contributions with Bob Franceschini taking a raging tenor solo that is full of fire. Sync-Op has an opening melody that hints at Turkish music, 1970s fusion and Chick Corea s Return To Forever. Atakoglu takes an impressive acoustic piano solo over the active rhythm section, Mike Stern s guitar fuses together aspects of rock and flamenco, and Franceschini s soprano solo is quite impressive. The 7/8 rhythm heard on Black Sea is very common to the Black Sea region of Turkey. Turkey is very much a mix of different musical cultures from Arabs to Armenians, Greece to Egypt and Spain, with different rhythms, tempos and scales. The melody of this piece reflects the influence of that region on my music. The struttin Aheste has a forceful theme along with fine solos from, Stern and Franceschini. Connection, a lyrical acoustic piece, It is easy to think of this melodic and very likable number as a future jazz standard. ESS has a name that is short for East Side Story, the origin of its melody. The piece is propelled by one of Atakoglu s best piano solos, building and building up until its climax. Of Gypsy In Me, the composer says, I spent a lot of time with gypsies in Istanbul, often playing and recording with them. The first part of this piece is a gypsy-inspired melody while the second part lets the musicians express themselves. Atakoglu sounds quite comfortable soloing at this tempo in 5/4, Franceschini has a passionate spot and Wayne Krantz is explosive throughout. Four Corners refers to the four chords that repeat throughout the mysterious and intriguing piece. Trapped is another theme from Atakoglu s ballet. The main character of the ballet feels trapped at the time that this piece is played, and the melody give that type of feeling too. The set closes with the haunting and nostalgic ballad Istanbul In Blue. When one considers the greta variety to be heard throughout this album , Istanbul In Blue and the Perfect mix of Melodies, grooves and improvisations, Fahir Atakoglu's future is certainly one to watch closely --Scott Yanow

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Grooves and melodies!!! so good.. April 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to Istanbul In Blue by Fahir Atakoglu, his compositions and grooves are very unique and you can hear everyone in the band really feeling the music throughout the album. Fahir's piano playing is so much integrated with his odd tempo compositions; especially the track Black Sea is a very good example. The melody of Four Corners is so deep and so naive at the same time. You don't have to have the technique of Michelle Camilo or Herbie Hancock to touch the hearts of listeners. This track and many others in Istanbul In Blue touch parts in listener's hearts that I as a jazz listener of 35 years have not experienced. Its because his melodies, grooves are really from another part of the world (Turkey) yes but so universal as well.They are almost refreshing:-) Same in his other one "IF", with Fahir's music you can immediately drawn into a 5/8 or a 7/8 or 10/8 groove as easily to a 4/4, because of his melodies. His improvisations are very much within the composition and in complete sync with overall dynamics of the band; Mike Stern, Anthony Jackson, Wayne Krantz, Bob Franceschini, And Horacio Hernandez play incredible. Fahir, for me, doesn't play the usual runs we are used to hear from a piano player; when he does his solos he has his own interpretation of his own melodies. It's his own color, style; and its admirable...its almost what Monk did to you when you heard him the first time.;Fahir's music and his playing grows in you.
That is why anyone who wants to listen to not only a good band playing solid fusion compositions of East and West ,but also a very unique composer and pianist too , buy this album , listen and you will agree...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title speaks volumes November 19, 2008
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Istanbul in Blue is essentially what you may consider "fusion standards." The groove is derived from latin and middle eastern melodies combined with funky rythms. Excellent solo work, and great instrument interplay makes this album a great find. My only quarrel (a small one) is with the relatively mediocre ideas from the sax player, but he's a solid soloist so it can definately be overlooked.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great Istanbul In Blue July 1, 2008
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In Istanbul In Blue Fahir Atakoglu he found great misucians,that's why this record is so good.Every single song is well arranged and very well interpreted.I can't wait for more from Mr.Atakoglu.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By inkster
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Well it could really be good, given the band ( stern,krantz, jackson,hernandez, francescini)
but the piano playing completely puts me off as I just think it is not up to the standard exhibited by the others on the album.

I find the compositions rather lame too, and the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired( it is too dense to me...).
On the whole, I think I'll sell it again.
I felt the same thing about the "if" album by him( with hernandez on drums and jackson on bass)on which I felt that he was completely blown out of the water by those stellar sidemen...hmmm
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