The musician graduated from the famous New School with a degree in jazz and performed in New York for 17 years. He then returned to Turkey and released Turkish Standards Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, in which he adapted Turkish pop songs to jazz. He also worked on four other albums which consisted of his own compositions. Turkish Standards Vol. 3 featuring vocalist Funda Çengeloğlu is set to be released this spring and it will consists of duets and surprise pieces. the guitarist, who has shared the stage with famous musicians such as Patricia Barber, Billie Harper, Matt Wilson and Eric Person, pays great attention to melodic integrity in performance and compositions. We presented him with a selection of the words of four guitarist-composers.
John Abercrombie Trio
Jam – 1979
In Your Own Sweet Way – Dave Brubeck
John Abercrombie (electric guitar, electric mandolin)
George Mraz (double bass)
Peter Donald (drums)
This could be a local album. A heavy Pat Metheny influence can be heard, but it isn’t as musical as far as I can hear. He was influenced by his sound and licks. I don’t actually have anything good to say. His sentence library is limited and repetitive. He cannot play successful lines. The rhythm section has good swing but everybody is doing their own thing and it feels rather disconnected. This isn’t a composition style that I personally like. I am more on the melodic side of things. Of course, everybody would say the same thing, everybody wants to write melodic pieces but this isn’t melodic and I found it rather wear. Is Jack De Johnette playing the drums?
John Abercrombie. An old recording. The album is called Straight Flight.
Timestamp : 0.00-7.00
Abercrombie has better works. I don’t know him too closely, but we have conversed a little in the past. There was a luthier called Ric McCurdy who also made my guitar. He made guitars for John Abercrombie as well. I took Neşet Ruacan and Önder Focan to his shop when I lived in New York.
Ece Göksu, Neşet Ruacan, Volkan Hürsever
Slow Hot Wind
Ada Müzik – 2014
It’s Allright With Me – Cole Porter
Ece Göksu (vocals)
Neşet Ruacan (guitar)
Volkan Hürsever (double bass)
Sounds great and swingy. Neşet Ruacan plays the guitar and I think Volkan Hürsever plays the bass. I know that this is a trio album and since I recognize Ece, I thought this trio surely includes Neşet Ruacan and Volkan Hürsever. I haven’t listened to Volkan playing such things. We played rather different things together. It is a hard format to adhere to without a drummer, it has great swing and Ece sang it well. I would do the mixing a little differently, but other than that everything sounds great.
Yes, a 2014 album. Slow Hot Wind.
Mick Goodrick, David Liebman, Wolfgang Muthspiel
In The Same Breath
CMP – 1995
Hope – Wolfgang Muthspiel
Mick Goodrick (electric guitar)
Wolfgang Muthspiel (electric guitar)
David Liebman (soprano saxophone)
Is the saxophonist Dave Liebman? Is it one of the newer Dave Liebman recordings? I haven’t listened to Dave Liebman for years even though his guitarist Vic Juris was both a close friend and a teacher of mine. The reason why I ask if this is a newer recording is because I can listen to his works released in the last 10 years more easily. I had trouble connecting to his previous works. I don’t know, something happened; either I started to understand, connect and like it. Maybe my listening improved or Dave started to make different music. I think Wolfgang Muthspiel is one of the guitarists. The other guitarist might be Kurt Rosenwinkel. I think it is unlikely to be Vic Juris…
Mick Goodrick, Muthspiel and David Liebman’s trio album. The title of the album fits the concept; In The Same Breath.
Yes, Mick Goodrick. I actually momentarily thought of him! I thought it could be someone from the Boston gang!
Delmark Records – 2001
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone)
Bobby Brown (electric guitar)
Dr. Lonnie Smith (organ)
Idris Muhammad (drums)
I have no idea. I know Jack McDuff but this doesn’t sound like them. I think somebody plays the baritone saxophone here. This isn’t a very popular album. It sounds like an old recording that was recorded with a handheld tape recorder?
Bobby Broom. A Stevie Wonder composition called Superstition from Modern Man album. Thank you for this enjoyable Blindfold.
Thank you as well.