Turgut Alp Bekoğlu: “Love Jazz”
1- Broken Roof
2- Speed of Love
3- Short Experience
4- I Miss You
5- Mind the Gap
6- One Message
7- Experience of Love
Turgut Alp Bekoğlu (d, perc.)
Caner Üstündağ (b)
Genco Arı (p)
İlkin Deniz (b)
Erkan Oğur (g, kopuz) – (“Broken Roof” & “Short Experience”)
‘Broken Roof’ – Arrangements: Turgut Alp Bekoğlu, Erkan Oğur, İlkin Deniz,
Arrangements on other pieces: Turgut Alp Bekoğlu, Genco Arı, Caner Üstündağ,
‘Broken Roof’ – Composition: Turgut Alp Bekoğlu
Composition on other pieces: Turgut Alp Bekoğlu, Genco Arı
Mix: Genco Arı, Emir Ersoy, Turgut Alp Bekoğlu, Hakan Kurşun
Mastering: Hakan Kurşun
Album cover: İlkin Deniz
Producers: Hakan Kurşun & Turgut Alp Bekoğlu
Production management: Hakan Kurşun
Design: Pb Müzik
Recording (1, 3): Kedi Müzik – Istanbul – 08.07.2014
Sound Engineers: Ender Akay, Ömer Taşkın
Recording (2, 4, 5, 6, 7): Deney Evi – Istanbul – 06-07.02.2014
Mix and Production (1, 2): Quintet Hakan Kurşun
Turgut Alp Bekoğlu drew the final days of 2018 to an end with Ercüment Gül and Halil Çağlar Serin, releasing “3 Generations” through Z Kalan label. The musician recently released his first studio album “Love Jazz” lead by Hakan Kurşun, the captain of through PB Müzik which released some of the most dynamic albums of the past few years in Turkey including “Miles Kuçles” and “Tersyüz”.
The album’s cover was designed by İlkin Deniz and opens with the relaxing piece called “Broken Roof”, a mini Telvin reunion, that makes the listener think “Yes, we packed our bags, it is time to sign what needs to be signed and get away”. This piece feels like a summary of Turgut Alp Bekoğlu’s career.
One understands that “Love Jazz” has its gaze upon the future with the ethnic sounds in the opening, the energetic attitude led by Genco Arı in “Speed of Love”, the real funky sound that I have been looking for and couldn’t find for many years (even though I am not a fan of it) in “Mind the Gap” and “Experience of Love”. It is reminiscent of Bekoğlu’s party in Ilhan Erşahin Quartet as they rocked the stages during their “Istanbul Sessions” concerts.
Turgut Alp Bekoğlu had recording this album in mind for a long time, and the recording session took two days with the support of Genco Arı and Caner Üstündağ, and the first three pieces were recorded in a day with the inclusion of Erkan Oğur and İlkin Deniz, the ‘Telvin and beyond’ team. “Love Jazz” would be even more enjoyable if listened to as an improvizatory work and Hakan Kurşun’s magic touches play an important role in this.
It is possible to find “Love Jazz” on digital platforms. I am very curious about Turgut Alp Bekoğlu’s live performance of this album, since I have always followed his concerts with pleasure. I suggest that you follow the album cover’s designer İlkin Deniz’s acrylic works on canvas closely as well.
“Love Jazz”, fully recommended!
For those who wish to listen to a Telvin recording;