Archive for February 8th, 2010

Fahir Atakoglu – Faces and Places

As a followup to his hard-hitting fusion offering, 2008’s Istanbul in Blue (a guitar-intensive project that featured the dazzling six-string work of Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz), the accomplished Turkish-born pianist-composer-arranger Fahir Atakoglu casts a wide stylistic net on Faces and Places, deftly incorporating musical elements from Spain, Brazil, the Middle East and New York City into the compelling mix.

On board for this dynamic outing are such world-class players as trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarists Wayne Krantz and Romero Lubambo, Yellowjackets saxophonist Bob Mintzer and the outstanding rhythm tandem of bassist John Patitucci (a longstanding member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet and a composer-bandleader in his own right) and the great Cuban drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. Together, with the addition of some challenging and highly interactive string arrangements, they make a potent statement on what stands as Fahir’s most impressive and ambitious outing to date.

“It’s great, of course, to play with these musicians,” says the celebrated 46-year-old pianist-composer from Istanbul. “They bring the best to my compositions. They bring their color, their timbre and, most importantly, their personality. So when I get together with these great musicians, all I want is to capture the moment. That’s very important to me.”

Read more about this album and buy this CD at CDBaby.