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Album Review

Fahir Atakoglu is considered one of the top up-and-coming jazz pianists from Turkey and Europe. The music on If, which is comprised of a dozen of his originals, is not particularly Turkish and, due to the participation of drummer Horacio Hernández, is often more Latin in flavor than European. Atakoglu is a harmonically sophisticated pianist playing straight-ahead jazz in his own modern way. At this point in time, his solos are more memorable than his compositions, but there is a great deal of potential shown throughout this worthy release. Saxophonist Donny McCaslin makes two guest appearances on what is otherwise a trio outing.

Customer Reviews

Fahir's Music is Unique!!

Fahir for me is soulfull.His melodies are deep . deliverance is world class .In this album the sound of the group is masterfull.Anthony Jackson is amazing and Horacio is into Fahir's music so naturally as if he was from Turkey .:-)Horacio from Cuba , Anthony Jackson from New York and Fahir from Istanbul ! what a blend!!You should listen to believe.. They say and I agree: "..The music of IF is undeniably skillful and valid and unique...Atakoglu is originally from Istanbul, and amalgamation of his Turkish melodic and metrical motifs, Horacios Hernandez hot Latin drumming and Anthony Jackson’s electric-bass funk is a new sound. The 12 tunes (all Atakoglu originals) are striking in the way that their complex meters (14/8, 10/8) connect and flow naturally into the rhythmic intensities of Hernandez and Jackson..."Listen to him also listen to his latest "Istanbul In Blue". !..

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