Sounding well beyond his years, the Stockholm-born, Turkish-raised tenor saxophonist presents a balanced mix of post-bop swingers with ballads and a few fun, funky numbers on Our Song. -John Ephland, Down Beat, March 1999 He solos in a declarative, extrapolative manner, combining hard bop (Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter) and non-freak-out free jazz (Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman). -Owen Cordle, Jazz Times, May 1999 He is clearly developing his own voice - out of strong elements of the 'mainstream' tradition - and is a musician to be watched. -Robert Spencer, Cadence, March 1999 Album Description On his second outing, tenor saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin hones a beautifully dark tone and fetching sense of melody that immediately recalls the glory of Blue Note. Consistently soulful, the Turkish raised Ersahin's playing closes the circle between the jazz of American post-bop explorers like Coltrane and Yusef Lateef and Middle Eastern modal music.
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