Smooth sounds, silky vocals

Önder Foçan and Meltem Ege Group ‘Songbook’

By Victoria Khroundina | May 1, 2014


Yesterday was International Jazz Day and to celebrate we have a new jazz CD available from the Cornucopia store.

The renowned guitarist Önder Foçan has been playing jazz since 1975 and has been the artistic director of Nardis Jazz Club since 2002. In 2012, he recorded his latest album, Songbook, with the silky-voiced Meltem Ege, who is a regular on the Turkish jazz circuit and regularly performs at Nardis herself. The accompanying band on the recording is also very good and consists of Şenova Ülker (trumpet), Ozan Musluoğlu (bass), Bulut Gülen (tambourine) and Ferit Odman (drums).

The repertoire consists of Foçan’s arrangements of jazz standards with his own vocal and instrumental compositions, in his signature mellow style. Bill Milkowski from Jazz Times USA describes Foçan’s style as ‘warm-toned, richly ornamental’ and reminiscent of ‘Kenny Burrell and Larry Coryell, swung tastefully and insistently’.

There are 12 tracks on the album, perfect for an afternoon of easy listening. To get a taster, visit this page. To buy the CD, visit the Corncuopia store.

Below is a video for one of the tracks, ‘Bu Ada’.

Main image shows the entire band performing at the Nardis Jazz Club.

Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Jazz
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