Blindfold’s guest is trombonist Ali Emre Kayhan. Kayhan attended M.S.U State Conservatory Trombone Department in 1984, where he studied with Ziya Polat, Aycan Teztel and Sezai Tarakcı. After graduating from the Conservatory’s High School, he started his undergraduate education at the Royal College of Music, London. He completed his first year with a special scholarship from the Queen of England. worked with Professor Arthur Wilson, Peter Bossano, David Purser. He played in the Royal College Big Band, directed by Don Lusher. He played in various professional and amateur symphony orchestras and big bands in England between 1991-93. Having completed his undergraduate education at M.S.Ü State Conservatory in 1997, Emre Kayhan played with pianist Kerem Görsev in various jazz clubs, Istanbul Jazz Festival and on two albums between 1996 and 1998. He attended Steve Turre’s workshop in 1996 and played together. In 1999, he received a Master’s scholarship and worked at the University of North Texas with Prof. Studied a semester with Vern Kagarice. In 2000-2001, he completed his jazz master’s degree with a full scholarship from Trinity College of Music in London. During his master’s education, he worked with Mark Bassey and took part as a solo trombonist in the Trinity Big Band directed by Bobby Lamb. He conducted the Trinity Big Band at the Henley Festival. He played in the Hot Orange Big Band. He played two concerts with the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) Jazz Orchestra at the Stockholm Jazz Festival in 1998 and in Budapest in 2002 with the same orchestra. He participated in the Istanbul Jazz Festival in 2003 with his band 4Bones, and in 2005 with Neşet Ruacan Quartet and special guest Claudio Roditi. He played with Ricky Ford Big Band and Octet performed as special guests in CRR Big Band, Erkut Taçkın Band, Önder Focan Deep Purple Project, Nail Yavuzoğlu All Star Band, Melis Sökmen Band, Andy Davies Quartet at CRR Concert Hall. Kayhan continues to appear frequently in Turkish and international groups and various big bands. We presented he with a selection of four trombonists for the blindfold.
Highnote Records, 2008
Groove Blues – Steve Turre
Kenny Garret (alto saxophone)
Steve Turre (t.bone, shells)
Sean Jones (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Mulgrew Miller (piano)
Peter Washington (doublebass)
Pedro Martinez (percussion)
Ignacio Berroa (drums)
This is obviously an album by Steve Turre. You caught it from such a place… It’s a piece of me that I’ve never listened to. It could be one of the last albums released. It turns out to be Steve Turre from his work. Frankly, this has been a very good thing for me. I listen to the song when you first turn it on, but they play like New Yorkers, but they sound like they are not so much, I said to myself. When the alto player entered the solo, I thought he was an alto player I didn’t listen to much, I couldn’t get his name out. So is the pianist… When the trombone solo came in, the tone didn’t sound the same to me as in every album, after a while I realized it was Turre, because I know how he plays solo. I’ve listened to one or two of their new albums. He has released back-to-back albums for the past few years. The piece is also a beautiful B flat blues, medium swing tempo… Normally, Steve Turre’s tone is not as naive as in this piece. For example, when he played the head part, I couldn’t recognize it… I’d say Steve Wilson for Alto, but not his. He has worked with Mulgrew Miller, but I don’t think he’s here. It sounds a bit like a younger-middle-aged rhythm section here. They played it in a somewhat conformist way. There is a sure play here that does not take risks.
Steve Turre’s Rainbow People album.
Rainbow People, ok; I know this album, but I can’t remember the piece. Kenny Garret is a man who never played like that. Here Steve played with the Washington brothers. As an executive, it’s really like a record.
Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, Recorded Fall 1961
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square – E. Maschewitz, M. Sherwin
Bob Brookmeyer (trombone)
Stan Getz (tenor saxophone)
Steve Kuhn (piano)
John Neves (double bass)
Roy Haynes (drums)
This is Bob Brookmeyer. It is one of the songs that he loved and played a lot, but I can’t remember the name. The tenor could be Stan Getz. There are not many records of Brookmeyer pushing the highs like this. This is one of the rare performances. Brookmeyer’s harmonic approach to the piece; tone that; we can say from pitched tone and phrasing. Here too, I understood from playing solo as in Steve Turre. Everyone walks at their own pace. When I think about who plays the bass and drums, there is a bassist named Michael Brookmeyer has always worked with, it could be him. Piece, A Nightingale Sang in Barkley Square. I don’t know the pianist, there is a great arranger pianist; Stan Getz also played a lot with him… He has many recordings with the Danish big band, from the years before the pandemic…
Bob Brookmayer, Stan Getz, Recorded Fall 1961.
I don’t have this album, it’s a ’61 record. Pianist Steve Kuhn. It wasn’t the name I had in mind. I thought it might be the arranger and pianist Jim McNeely. When we played with EBU’s big band (European Broadcasting Union), the lead trumpeter of the orchestra, Benny Rosenfeld, came and gave me albums from the orchestra’s archive. Jim McNeely worked there too, so I know from there. He is a musician whose arrangements I also follow.
Slide Hampton, World of Trombones
Spirit Of The Horn
MCG Jazz, 2002
Cherokee – Roy Noble
Andre Hayward, Benny Powell, David Gibson, Hugh Fraser, Isaac Smith, Jay Ashby, Michael Boschen, Steve Davis (trombone)
David Taylor, Douglas Purviance, Max Seigel, Tim Newman (bass trombone)
Marty Ashby (banjo, guitar)
Larry Willis (piano)
Victor Jones (double bass)
John Lee (drums)
Isn’t it Slide Hampton’s “World of Trombones” project? They play the Cherokee. There’s Bill Watrous. A great album, a great record. Bill Watrous, who took the first solo, was invited as a soloist. Other players include young trombonists. They have to be like 8 people. David Gibson, bass trombonist Earl MacIntyre, Michael Dease, who I think plays on that second album, because this project came together twice; and Robin Eubanks… It’s a live recording.
Yes, this is the second album. Spirit Of The Horns, Slide Hampton World Of Trombones.
Phil Wilson, Makoto Ozone Live!! At Berklee Performance Center
Jazz, NM, 1983
Giant Steps – John Coltrane
Phil Wilson (trombone)
Makoto Ozone (piano)
You’re doing something so incredible… Now you hit me! But I’ll give you a guess. This is a Giant Steps I’ve never heard of. It could be the French trombonist Denis LeLoup. I guess who could be playing with such a bilingual technique? He also has a slightly cool tone because he uses a large trombone. It’s a symphonic trombone in size. He is a musician I admire. The pianist also has an amazing, weird technique. This is someone I’ve heard before, but never listen to. He doesn’t play like everyone else, maybe Ray Anderson, he plays modern, but that’s not him either. If Ray Anderson had done such a thing, his exposition (the first presentation of the musical theme) would not have been like this. He also uses multiphonics made by Albert Mangelsdorff (to be able to make three sounds at the same time while blowing by singing the congenital sounds while playing). Mangelsdorff is the master of this music.
Phil Wilson and Makoto Ozone Live at the Berklee Perfomance Center album.
I wouldn’t have known that, I don’t have many records of Phil Wilson. This is a very interesting Giant Steps.
Thank you for this beautiful Blindfold.
Thank you too.