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Okay Temiz, one of Turkey’s most popular jazz musicians, presents a colourful fusion of world music rooted in jazz rock of the early 1980s. In the 1970s he had already performed with musicians like Don Cherry and Bobo Stenson.
Oriental Wind present their fiery brand of Turkish folk-beat with a savour of Africa. The dynamic ensemble is incisive as the group unfolds their magic folk melodies. The enchanting repertoire of lyrical swinging improvisations is heightened by the instrumental variety of different saxophones, flutes, piano and all kinds of drums. The tough flexibility of the 9/8 and 7/8 rhythm against the drive of the bass and Okay Temiz’ scintillating drums gives the music a warm and rolling impetus. Their momentum is unstoppable, and such exotic instruments as berimbau, finger-piano tavil and talking-drum enhance the mysterious impact of the group. Oriental wind have played concerts and festivals extensively all over Europe, in Turkey and in India.
1. “Griot song“: is a tune inspired by the African Griot music. Griots are musicians travelling from village to village singing old and new tales. Both the improvised flute-intro, the bass figure and the theme are built on the same notes, a characteristic of the African type of scale.
2. “Azeri“: is an East-Turkish folk tune, a soft and happy dance tune traditionally danced by women. The mood is set by a rhythm devided between the drums and bass and a short flute solo.
3. “Gide-Gide“: a classical Turkish tune played with a loose latin feeling in the flute solo, changing to a brighter Caribian Calypso feeling in the synthesizer-solo.
4. “Veli Aga“: traditional Turkish tune from the Aegean part of West Turkey.
5. “Ababa“: is a rare folk tune from West Turkey, here played with an Afro- American Jazz-Rock feeling.
6. “Gypsy Song“: like a hymn this Hungarian gypsy tune is played straight through four times on synthesizer and soprano saxophone.
7. “Çergah Sirto“: another classic traditional Turkish tune built on an 8/8 rhythm.
8. “Life road“: the title track was composed by Asik Veysel, a philosopher and musician known by everybody in Turkey. The song talks about the road of life. It starts with a free introduction with OKAY TEMIZ using the bermibau in a new electric style. After a while the bermibau starts with the rhythm that runs throughout the whole tune like the heartbeat running through life.
Okay Temiz – Drums, gopijantr, talking drum, berimbau, cowbell (made by Okay), kalibas, congas, finger bells, tuned sticks
Lennart Åberg – Tenor and soprano saxophone, alto flute, flute
Harald Svensson – Synthesizer (Rhodes Croma)
Mats Alsberg – Electric bass
Teddy Walter – Electric bass (# 1), acoustic bass (#2)