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Artist: ERTUNC, HUSEYIN/DOGAN DOGUSEL/CEM TAN/UMUT CAGLAR
Title: Gumusluk Sessions: At Lons
Format: 4 LP Box
Label: Holidays
Country: Italy
Price: $88.00
Edition of 200. "Recorded over two days yet retaining a continuous, immediate vibe, Gumusluk Sessions: At Lons feature a stirring quartet with Hüseyin Ertunç on piano, Doğan Doğusel at double bass, the young drummer Cem Tan, and Umut Çağlar - a stalwart of the Konstrukt group - on reeds and percussion. In the caliber of multi-album statements like Cecil Taylors Nuits de la Fondation Maeght (1969) and string instrumentalist and composer Alan Silvas Seasons (1970), Gümüslük Sessions: At Lon s stretches out texturally and conceptually, although theres a loose, homegrown informality unique to these musicians orbit (partly attributable to the dry, open recording quality). The initial marathon pace relaxes into nattering trails and the full ensemble falls away to reveal spare duos and trios over the course of eight sides. Ertunçs piano ebbs as zurna, flutes and bamboo reeds, auxiliary percussion and voices draw out the musics connection to folk forms, as well as the interleaved East-West textures of Yusef Lateef and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. As out as the music gets, theres always a center in Ertunçs keyboard approach; moreover, his linkages with the pliable, allover percussive buzz and thrumming pizzicato create a constant burble of jabbing movement. This is a clunky, Monkish swing or a playful push-pull, rather than the tinka-tinka-ting of bebop. Concentrated, unflagging and incredibly spiritual, Ertunç, Cağlar, Doğusel and Tan have convened to structure an incredibly personal artistic document that speaks to the universal possibilities of freedom." -- Clifford Allen. Turkish liner notes by Volkan Terzioğlu. Colored cardboard box set with printed inner sleeves." - Holidays.

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