11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Saxophonist and composer Ilhan Ersahin has played with pianist George Cables and trumpeter Wallace Roney, recorded solo albums, and led the Drum & Bass-oriented unit, Wax Poetic. On Istanbul Sessions, Ersahin, who is of Turkish and Swedish descent, leads a group comprised of three Turkish musicians: bassist Alp Ersonmez, drummer Turgut Alp Bekoglu, and percussionist Izzet Kizil. The Swiss-born trumpeter Erik Truffaz joins the dynamic group for this 2010 release. “Freedom” opens with an exciting stretch of drumming before Ersahin enters with some nice tenor; Truffaz joins him to flesh out the horn statement and add solo runs. On “Bosphorus,” Truffaz uses an effect on his horn that recalls Jon Hassell’s watery tones. The atmospheric “Doors to Heaven” finds Ersahin and Truffaz filling the air with finely shaped lines as cymbals sound and percussion rattles. The catchy “Les Ottomans” comes off like an appealing jazz cover of an indie-rock song, while the mid-tempo “Our Theory” finds Truffaz letting loose late-Miles-like blasts over a steady beat.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Saxophonist and composer Ilhan Ersahin has played with pianist George Cables and trumpeter Wallace Roney, recorded solo albums, and led the Drum & Bass-oriented unit, Wax Poetic. On Istanbul Sessions, Ersahin, who is of Turkish and Swedish descent, leads a group comprised of three Turkish musicians: bassist Alp Ersonmez, drummer Turgut Alp Bekoglu, and percussionist Izzet Kizil. The Swiss-born trumpeter Erik Truffaz joins the dynamic group for this 2010 release. “Freedom” opens with an exciting stretch of drumming before Ersahin enters with some nice tenor; Truffaz joins him to flesh out the horn statement and add solo runs. On “Bosphorus,” Truffaz uses an effect on his horn that recalls Jon Hassell’s watery tones. The atmospheric “Doors to Heaven” finds Ersahin and Truffaz filling the air with finely shaped lines as cymbals sound and percussion rattles. The catchy “Les Ottomans” comes off like an appealing jazz cover of an indie-rock song, while the mid-tempo “Our Theory” finds Truffaz letting loose late-Miles-like blasts over a steady beat.

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4:43
6:20
3:51
4:09
0:39
4:04
5:14
1:21
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About İlhan Erşahin

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 trumpeters Eddie Henderson and Wallace Roney, as well as pianist George Cables and bassist Ben Allison. By the late 1990s, Ersahin had recorded two albums: 1996's She Said for the Turkish Pozitif label, and 1997's Home on Golden Horn. Ersahin has said that Middle Eastern culture had a greater impact on his music than Scandinavian culture, and to be sure, the influence of Turkish music has done its part to enrich his CDs and live performances. In 1998, Ersahin explored club and dance music with his side project, Wax Poetic, who combined electronica with jazz and Middle Eastern elements. ~ Alex Henderson

  • ORIGIN
    Turkey
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    September 3, 1965

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