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On My Way by Sinan Bakir

Turkish-born guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir makes a strong debut as a leader with the self-released On My Way, an inventive guitar-trio outing with bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber. As the title suggests, the Hartford, Connecticut-based musician shows he is definitely on his way to becoming a creative voice in the world of jazz guitar.

Bakir moves easily from a classic Kenny Burrell-style, especially on chord melody passages (title track and "Steps"), to a more modern, linear approach in the mold of John Scofield ("Stop n' Go," "Karma"). The guitarist effectively mixes bebop lines with chromatic trills, relying heavily on guitaristic hammer-ons and pull-offs, to create a unique voice void of direct imitation. The full effect of Bakir's approach can be felt on the dirge-like ballad "Evergreen."

Kneeland, with his deep-in-the-wood tone, cuts through the harmonically-rich ballad "Ice Orbits" with an inventive solo turn. The bassist then displays even more technical brilliance on the Latin-tinged "Steps," paving the way for one of Bakir's more inspired improvised journeys from the session, and the up-tempo "Play." The disc as a whole benefits from Kneeland being featured prominently.

Ferber's sensitive drumming provides the right amount of dynamic push throughout the proceedings, elevating each piece to a high level of musicality.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Sinan Bakir
  • CD Title: On My Way
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: Self Published
  • Musicians: Sinan Bakir (guitar), Thomson Kneeland (bass), Mark Ferber (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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