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Brian Carrick: "I contacted Max Jones of Melody Maker and offered to be his correspondent in the States, but I should have done what Ken Colyer had done, get a job on a ship and then jump ship in the States. So I didn't make it [to New Orleans] till 1973." - (Just Jazz May 1999)

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

CD Review: Burak Bedikyan - Istanbul Junction


Burak Bedikyan (piano); Matthew Hall (bass); Can Kozlu (drums) + Gabor Bolla (tenor sax on 4 tks.).
(Review by Lance).

Turkish born, NYC based, pianist Bedikyan is one of the more interesting contemporary players. The man from Istanbul doesn’t attack the piano with a sledgehammer, reducing it to matchbox material as so many do. Instead, he cajoles it, makes love to it and, leaves the listener enthralled until he finally, unleashes his musical virility.

Gabor Bolla plays some nice, straight down the middle tenor. Great tone, Don Byas, maybe Hank Mobley comes to mind. He blows up a storm on four tracks and I wanted more. But given that the other five tracks were by the trio I’m not complaining - bass and drums are an essential part of the mix..

We often look back and refer to our favourite eras as jazz’s golden age. Just about every decade has its fan base and I’ve often fallen into the trap of allowing nostalgia to cloud my judgement. It’s only when I hear an album such as this that I think that, maybe, just maybe, the so-called golden age is now.

This thought, for me, was emphasised at last night’s NUJO jam session at the Dun Cow. I lost count of the number of singers and instrumentalists who had absorbed the basics of blowing jazz. Some did it better than others but all were heading in the right direction. I honestly can’t remember a time when there was so many new kids on the block capable of challenging the old order.

If any of them come close to the standard laid down here by these four musicians then they too will have made it. What is more to the point, will they have made it in Newcastle or via Leeds (current buzz word), London, Boston or New York?
Bedikyan made it from Istanbul!
Lance
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