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Tenor saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin, who was born in Turkey but has long lived in the U.S., displays a tone slightly influenced by John Coltrane (particularly when playing ballads) but a strikingly original modern post-bop style on Our Song, his debut recording. Teamed with trumpeter Eddie Henderson, keyboardist Jon Davis, and the tenor's regular rhythm section (bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Kenny Wolleson), Ersahin performs a Turkish folk song and nine of his originals. The music is a bit reminiscent of the period in the 1970s when hard bop met fusion, funky jazz, and the avant-garde. Although the results do not fall squarely into any of those four categories, the influences are felt in spots. The presence of Henderson clearly inspires Ersahin, who is heard throughout in creative and swinging form.

Biography

Born: 03 September 1965 in Turkey

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Born in Stockholm to Swedish and Turkish parents but raised mostly in Turkey, Ilhan Ersahin fell in love with jazz growing up and moved to the U.S. after high school to pursue a career as a jazz saxophonist. Ersahin studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1983 before studying with saxman Joe Lovano and making New York his permanent home. Ersahin, whose influences on the tenor include John Coltrane and Joe Henderson, soon found himself gigging regularly in Manhattan and has played with...
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