The musician of Blindfold is drummer Berke Özgümüş. Özgümüş was accepted to Bilgi University Music Department with a scholarship and graduated with first place in 2000. He played in the Turkish jazz scene with names such as İmer Demirer, Önder Focan, Sibel Köse, Yahya Dai, Elvan Nakit, Selen Gülün, Ricky Ford, Şenova Ülker. Özgümüş is also the drummer of the popular rock band Redd, which is well known in Turkiye. He participates in album works, concerts and tours with the group. However, this busy schedule does not prevent Özgümüş from frequently taking part in jazz projects. He continues to concerts in various jazz venues; He also works as a tutor. Özgümüş, who has been giving private drum lessons since 1998, served as a drum instructor and assistant director in the Certificate Program at the Modern Music Academy between 2006 and 2009. During this time, in addition to drum lessons, he also gave ensemble and repertoire lessons. Berke Özgümüş, who teaches drums at Bahçeşehir University Conservatory Department, likes to catch albums and drummers from the recording sounds of the period, and tries to guess what the musicians added to his own playing by following the clues.
The Story Of Neptune
Blue Note 1992
Neptune : Overture – T.Williams
Bill Pierce (ts, ss)
Wallace Roney (tp)
Mulgrew Miller (p)
Ira Coleman (b)
Tony Williams (d)
Is it Vijay Iyer? He insistently doesn’t let himself down… He’s been playing the same line since the intro, bravo! Most young drummers would have broken down and started playing other things by now… So this is not a very young person. There are hits that he hits while leaning slightly, he looks a bit like Roy Haynes, it reminds me of when he played on Chick Corea’s albums. There are also video recordings of those concerts. I remember they had Kenny Garret. Chick Corea comes to mind for piano, but I’m guessing it’s not him. It plays simpler, if it were Corea it would play with a wider spectrum. Especially the rhythm section, whose arrangement is very stable, therefore, since there are no parts that open up and scatter, it becomes a little difficult to catch a clue from there and say that this is someone, this is that. I’m thinking of drummers who play kicks that are tuned this low. Al Foster plays like that, but it’s not like that in style. Maybe Tony Williams plays like that from time to time.
Yes, Tony Williams, the Story of Neptune album.
It may be one of his later recordings.
How does a low-tuned kick work?
So it’s loosely tuned. A tighter sound emerges. For example, there is the Max Roach kick. Elvin Jones is also relatively average, but here it is like a physically big kick. After a certain time, Tony Williams was playing 22 inch kick along with 4-5 toms… By the way, I love Tony Williams, but he doesn’t have any tricks that would give him away. Since it is his own composition, he may have approached the situation more carefully musically in this piece. This band also has a video. Mulgrew Miller plays there too. Now when I listen to it again, I can hear those flares etc., but normally he doesn’t play this much laid back. A drummer who plays more forcefully and forward.
Steve Smith and Vital Information – Come On In
Mascot Records 2004
Time Tunnel – Baron Browne
Frank Gambale (g)
Tom Coster (p)
Baron Browne (eb)
Steve Smith (d)
Like Jack DeJohnette and Bill Stewart. Bill Stewart has a broken cymbal, I liken it to him. When he plays the toms, we can deduce that it is not Stewart. The sound of the toms is fusion style. In some places it reminds me of Gary Novak, Chick Corea’s acoustic band recordings. Could it be bassist Kai Eckhardt? It has a newer sound. This isn’t one of those Tony and Elvin times. But he’s not Dave Weckl, for example. He doesn’t look like guitar player Mike Stern. He has tom movements reminiscent of Bill Cobham. His set also looks similar to the one he used.
Steve Smith, Vital Information.
Could Frank Gambale play this cleanly? Maybe I could distinguish Smith from that dry sound…
How to get dry sound on drums?
Cymbals for example, a cymbal that does not disperse much. Not so much Overton. The one we played was the Istanbul production Zildjian etc. Since Turkish cymbals are always handmade, they have more vibration, more oscillating cymbals and more overtones. That’s why more sustaining cymbals fill that frequency band.
Are there any cymbals that are not handmade?
Yes, it can be produced in the factory. However, in America, for example, it is forbidden for a person to hammer iron. Constantly hammering iron causes a bone disease in humans. Even though they still call the cymbals produced in the factory ‘handmade’; But such an algorithm is loaded into the machine and it is enabled to forge the iron with more random strokes. Drummers who play more traditionally may turn to handmade cymbals.
John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bill Cunliffe Trio
Le Coq Records 2021
Conception – John Patitucci
Bill Cunliffe (p)
John Patitucci (b)
Vinnie Colaiuta (d)
The current equivalent of this format is the Christian McBride Trio. This is a bit reminiscent of the Oscar Peterson Ray Brown school. This is a bit reminiscent of the Oscar Peterson Ray Brown school. Jeff Hamilton or something. It would have been a little cleaner with Jeff Hamilton. Here he plays with a little more flexibility. The snare drum tuning is similar to Hamilton. Probably a recording from the early eighties. I wonder whether the development of sound recording technologies was good or bad for that old bebop sound! Because sometimes you know that person by their sound, you need to hear that specific drum tone. He also reminded me a bit of Roy Haynes in the headout part. The intro was also slightly like Jack DeJohnette’s intro… For example, the hi-hats he plays in upbeats… This is probably someone I listen to a lot. We are very familiar with a brush lick he played. For example, there is something that I can finish both the kick and the open hi-hat with my foot, he always plays that. Either I got it from him or he and I got it from someone else! He played some Elvin style stuff in the solo.
Vinnie Colaiuta. A trio album with John Patitucci.
Vinnie? Come on! It’s not possible, how can this be Vinnie? I never knew he played anything like this.
I think the recording sound is not very good compared to 2021. An album released during the pandemic. Everything about Vinnie on the Alan Holdsworth records is like a machine gun. He might be studying music here. His note reading skills are famous. He was reading the music four measures ahead.
Tamer Temel, Ercüment Orkut, Cem Aksel & Hezarfen Ensemble
A.K. Müzik, Digital Platformlar 2022
Üç – Tamer Temel
Tamer Temel (ts, ss)
Ercüment Orkut (p)
Cem Aksel (d)
Is Tyshawn Sorey the drummer? There is such a track in one of his albums, where he plays a very long roll. I’ve listened to this music before, but I can’t remember where I listened to it now. If it were Cem brother (Cem Aksel), he would definitely recognize this immediately.
It must be because he play it! TÖZII album by Tamer Tamel, Ercüment Orkut and Cem Aksel.
When we met at a club, brother Cem would tell me, “Look, there’s this band, there’s that drummer” I must have taken notes and listened to them. Some of them sounded like this type of music. I have already listened to the TÖZ project, this is the second one that has just been released. As far as I know, he likes such affordable bookish things. I hit the target on twelve!
Thank you Berke for this beautiful Blindfold!
Thank you too.