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The CD “Istanbul In Blue” with Fahir Atakoglu, Anthony Jackson on bass (Paul Simon, Eye Witness, Michel Camilo,) and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez on drums (McCoy Tyner, Michel Camilo, Carlos Santana), Mike Stern on guitar (Michael Brecker, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, Arturo Sandoval), Bob Franceschini on saxophone (Willie Colon, Tito Puente, Arturo O’Farrill), and Wayne Krantz on guitar (Steely Dan, Michael Brecker, Donald Fagan) blends the Turkish flavor of Modern Istanbul with the Americas: Anthony Jackson’s soulful bass and precise “walks” and the virtuosity of Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez’ ambidextrous Latin rhythms highlight Fahir’s sensitivity as a composer. Mike Stern’s signature guitar fuses together aspects of Rock and Flamenco, Wayne Krantz is explosive throughout and Bob Franceschini bares his passionate spots with raging tenor solos and impressive soprano highlights. When Fahir Atakoglu performs, he deeply moves his audiences while his unique rhythmic melodies and harmonies electrify the total ambiance of the sold out concert halls and stages where he has played not only in Turkey and Japan, but all over Europe. Following his first album in 1994, Fahir Atakoglu has released 9 albums in 18 countries including the USA and he has sold over 2 million copies since. “Istanbul In Blue” follows o the release of “If” which was Mr. Atakoglu’s first Jazz Album to be released in the USA in 2006.<br />
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“There's a lot to enjoy on this recording from a contemporary and historical standpoint, and as listeners should definitely own a copy of "If," this one shows a willingness to expand, employ different styles, and bodes well for Atakoglu's next adventurous excursion.” All Music Guide<br />

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