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Slick Road – Timucin Sahin

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Slick Road – Timucin Sahin (and the Rare Falcons)
Classification – Modern Jazz

Timucin Sahin was born in Turkey in 1973, and now lives in the Netherlands. He is an active guitarist and composer and the CD features his band the Rare Falcons – Robin Eubanks / Trombone, Hein van de Geyn / Contrabass, Afra Mussawisade / percussion, and B.C.Manjunath / Indian percussian and oral pneumonics.

First – the CD packaging is class, very tasteful, the cover notes are in English and Turkish, its published by Kalan Muzic and made in Turkey.

I’ve seen other reviews that classify this as free improvised, but to me it did have a tight underlaying framework to all the tracks. The Falcons may be flying but they have a very precise idea of the flight path.

The title track is an exiciting interplay between guitar and trombone, and it drives highways.

Each track opens a new perspective and by the time you get to track six you may think you have the measure of the album, but five minutes in Manju starts with the oral pneumonics (illegal in texas, I believe) quite startling, and dynamically effective.

If you are fond of jazz that unwinds individual brain cells at speed and then tingles them, this album is for you. Go buy it, you won’t be dissapointed.

For me its one of those albums you can leave on the stereo all night, but I don’t think I’ll be singing oral pneumonics in the bath just yet.

Review – Jahloon

Slick Road review by John Kelman

Window of My Breath – Timucin Sahin Trio

Classification – Modern Jazz

Timucin Sahin – Fretless guitar
Kai Eckhardt – Electric Fretless Bass
Owen Hart Jr – Drums

This album follows on from Slick Road, and in a way I seem to refer back and forward, which is unfair, it’s a different line up altogether, and while there are some commonalities Timucin is exploring new territory here.

Windows for My Breath – the title track and opener sees some nice electronic effects dropped into the background that occur throughout the album, giving the whole an overall identity.

Its Time – back to Timucin’s rapid fire trademark with this track, and I can’t remember another jazz track using a wah-wah, watch out this isn’t for the faint hearted.

Situational Situations – Kai Eckhardt balances this nicely with some very fine fretless bass, the two fretless instruments compliment each other exceptionally well in this piece.

Slicky – described as memories of Slick Road, indeed the theme does drop in from time to time, almost like Timucin’s radio dial occasionally locks onto slick road, then unlocks.

Grey – Kicks off very introspectively, with some nice swell control on the guitar, picks up with all three musicians chasing each other round an increasingly manic track that eventually fades to grey.

Wish Me Luck – Skitters along with meandering minimalism, very taught track, cooked at just the right heat, some fine bass playing in here.

Situational Situations II – Lots of very spooky sound effects dropped in with a nicely predominate acoustic fretless guitar opening the track, once again you get the notion that these musicians bounce off each other very well.

Unconditional – Continues the slightly spooky feel and drives towards an exciting climax before the band take their foot off the pedal and rolling out.

Nene – is startlingly short, with very other worldly effects.

To sum it up, a very cool serving of delicious jazz, with a futuristic edge.

Review – Jahloon, April 2006

Some further info:
Timucin recently made it to the finals of the Deloitte Jazz Award, held in Amsterdam.

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