Born: August 3 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Tales and Stories(2013)
As performed in a standard quartet setting (pianist Warren Byrd, upright bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber), the guitarist’s tunes sound like updated classics. Tales & Stories is a pleasure-packed minor masterpiece.
Mark Holston - Jazziz Magazine
The quartet explores the 12 original pieces with grace, fire, wit, and emotional intensity, displaying intuitive interaction throughout. Just let these sounds wash over you; good music can excite and soothe and this is good music.
Richard Kamins - Step Tempest
The 12 varied pieces sometimes mix East and West elements and range from the diaphanous to hard-swinging pieces swaggering with digital dexterity and mental agility. All are engaging, clear, uncluttered, accessible and resonate with a pleasant sense of layered mystery, seasoned with savory hints of the exotic.
Owen McNally - Hartford Courant
On My Way(2009)
Bakir's inspired soloing feeds off of the energy coming from his trio mates, with lines possessing laser-like focus.
Dan Bilawsky - All About Jazz
He is definitely on his way to becoming a creative voice in the world of jazz guitar.
John Vincent Barron - Jazz Review.com
Sinan has given us here is a blueprint of his soul, you’ll find eleven songs which embody a variety of shapes and tones.
Rob Young - Urbanflux
A nice mixture of slower-paced and faster material, played well. Bakir does indeed seem to be a young musician on his way and I will be interested to see where he takes his talent next.
Brad Walseth - JazzChicago.net
Jazz has a new vehicle with Sinan Bakir at the helm and this generation can claim him as one of their own.
Lucia Sanchez - Examiner
On My Way is a solid debut. It's easy to put this music on and just let it play. The voice of the guitar one hears on the opening cut never wavers or falters throughout.
Richard Kamins - Courant
Rising jazz guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir is making a name for himself in todays music scene with his unique, creative and exciting approach on the guitar. Turkish born guitarist is striving for a fresh and clean sound and has a highly energetic playing style. Young guitarist is hailed not only as a virtuoso player, but also a masterful composer by his peers. Bakir’s fresh sounding tunes are an amalgam of rock & jazz stylings and driven by strong melodies deriving from the rich Turkish tradition combined with modern jazz harmonies. His all original debut album On My Way(2009) with Thomson Kneeland and Mark Ferber received great reviews from many respected jazz publications and music critics all around the world. He has recently released his latest recording Tales&Stories from Aslan Records and keeping busy playing Jazz festivals and regular gigs at NY and CT clubs .
Sinan's early musical experience started with mandolin lessons then continued at the Ankara State Opera Children's Choir. In his early teen years, after attending to a rock concert, he got inspired by the whole experience which led him taking private lessons for both classical and electric guitar and following that he began to unlock the secrets of the instrument by himself. During his college years he was teaching guitar privately and performing with various projects around Turkey. Being open minded and listening a variety of music from classical to avant-garde helped him developing his own sound and a clear vision for his musical direction. By the time he graduated from Hacettepe University with a degree in Engineering he was granted a scholarship from the Hartford Conservatory and moved to United States. He draw attention on the music scene for himself by playing gigs around Connecticut and NY and getting involved with a variety of musical projects. Sinan had many TV & Radio appearances such as Stage 8 at Connecticut Style, Comcast's TV series Up and Coming, Accent on Jazz at WWUH, Fox News and had international airplay from Canada through Europe. His album is featured on many radio shows and had notable airplay. Festival appearances include Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, Monday Night Jazz, Hartford International Jazz Festival and New Haven International Arts & Ideas Festival.
John Vincent Barron - Jazz Review.com
A lot of young artists seem to throw out hard and fast material at the top of their album programs, to instantly grab attention, but the rest of the music often falls flat and doesn't live up to the early-track hype. Guitarist Sinan Bakir goes the other way, easing into his music as On My Way sets sail, preferring to hold all the aces until later in the game. The title track and, to a greater extent, Into The Blue are musically expressive and performed well, but don't really demand attention. While Bakir, bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber seem to be more than comfortable in this modest musical area, the music doesn't stay there and the album really starts to take off with Oddity. Opening as a Ferber-feature that highlights his tom work, Bakir and Kneeland give off a darker vibe when they first join in. Ferber cranks up the intensity as he develops his ideas, and eventually ends up with a more insistent feel, driven by his cymbal work. Stop N' Go starts off with a three- chord pattern from Bakir, while Ferber works a funk-tinged rock beat as Bakir solos, with a similarly inclined, repetitious line from Kneeland. Ferber blows off some steam with an impressive solo of his own, and the band chills out after this one, delivering the mellow ballad, Ice Orbits. While Steps falls into a similar category as the opening tracks, its featherweight Latin underpinnings differentiate it. Play!, the penultimate performance on the album, is a more overt expression ofBakir's Latin roots, and the Samba-fun(k) from Ferber and Kneeland is fantastic. Bakir's inspired soloing feeds off of the energy coming from his trio mates, with lines possessing laser-like focus. The material leading up to Play! is equally impressive. The spirit of guitarist John Scofield looms large over Bakir's playing, in particular on Blues for Istanbul and Karma, where the entire trio seems to relish the opportunity to cut loose, the music resonating with a great sense of urgency. Kneeland's delivers his strongest solo the album, as he flies through the music with impassioned technique and energy. Blues For Istanbul has a cooler demeanor in its DNA, but happens to have one of the hippest feels of any tracks on the album. This trio outing certainly demonstrates that Sinan Bakir is, indeed, on his way.
Dan Bilawsky - All About Jazz
These pieces are not just vamps waiting for long solos; instead, many of the songs have strong melodic lines that open up logically for the various solos. Oddity displays a Middle-Eastern feel in the rhythms and ringing guitar chords; Bakir's stinging phrases gallop atop Ferber's exciting drum work and Kneeland's rich bass tones. Stop & Go has a rockish feel, thanks to the pounding drums and thumping bass lines. Bakir digs in on this track and one can hear the influence of Allan Holdsworth, not so much for blazing fast riffs but in the textures of the guitar sound. Without a second lead instrument, Bakir alternates between single-note lines and chordal strumming. Steps is a good example of how he allows the melody to dictate the pace, giving room to Kneeland for a short, melodic, solo before digging in to a thoughtful guitar spot. Other highlights include the title track that opens the program. The guitarist's sound is quite clear allowing the trills and little circular riffs to stand out on a piece that is somewhat introspective. Play! is another hot track, with a rhythm line that, at times, sounds like Juan Tizol's Caravan. Kneeland's bouncing bass phrases atop Ferber's strutting drums gives the guitarist the impetus to let rip. On My Way is a solid debut. It's easy to put this music on and just let it play. One can hear the influences of Holdsworth, John Scofield and Bill Frisell but Bakir is no imitator. The voice of the guitar one hears on the opening cut never wavers or falters throughout. The rhythm section is impressive in their support and creativity. Sinan Bakir is a good young composer and player worth your attention.
Richard Kamins - Hartford Courant
Young Sinan Bakir shows a maturity well beyond his youthful appearance. The young man favors a clean tone and assured, John Scofield-like approach. Backed by bassist Thomas Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber, the guitarist starts off with two nicely paced mid tempo numbers before things really kick into high gear on the sinewy Oddity and rocking Stop N' Go. Bakir calls upon some of his heritage in some moments on his solos which exhibit a bit of Middle-Eastern influence. Ice Orbits is cool and subtle, while Karma is high-stepping fun. Blues for Istanbul combines Turkish directions with the blues, while Play! has an engaging Latin touch that is delivered with jubilant energy by the trio. A nice mixture of slower- paced and faster material, played well. Bakir does indeed seem to be a young musician on his way and I will be interested to see where he takes his talent next.
Brad Walseth - JazzChicago.net
Music has a formula: Understanding theory, originality, natural talent, the right chemistry, discipline and focus, incorporate your own influences, understand the business side, and most importantly, music continues to grow inside you for the rest of your life. Sinan Bakir has accomplished and understands all of the above with his (self released) debut LP On My Way His well matched trio including the extremely talented Thomas Kneeland on acoustic bass and the magnificent drummer Mark Ferber, have presented us with something new, different and fresh. Jazz has evolved yet again with this new alternative. Lend an ear, it's not your parents/grandparents music anymore. If you haven't discovered Jazz yet, now is the opportune time to do so. Jazz has a new vehicle with Sinan Bakir at the helm and this generation can claim him as one of their own. Debut LP On My Way . Stop and Go has a delicious vibe with an example of what a perfect trio should sound like. Listen for the drum solo. Ice Orbitswww.myspace.com/sinanbakir has a sweet lazy day feel with layers of emotional complexities yawning and spreading it's wings. Evergreen Is truly a lovely piece from start to finish with an epic bass solo.
Lucia Sanchez - Examiner
Sinan has introduced himself as a talented author, and his performing views accepts a modern tendencies. His themes were done in one interesting performing mood, where influences comes out from the 50's, and reachs actuelle period. His guitar technique is in many aspects unique, but offering arrangments has something taken from Metheny/Scofield approaches. His performing energy is also specific, and in interesting way he treats often rhythm changes in present album themes. On My Way is highly recomandable product, and realistically announce Sinan' s arrival on modern jazz scene.
Branimir Lokner - Music Editor and Reviewer
Any jazz afficianado will love this hot debut from guitarist Sinan Bakir, who has been making a name for himself, playing around the tri-state area these past couple of years. This is an album you can really sink your teeth into, delving into the many delights of Bakir's pure guitar sounds, (no pedals please), his passages are well thought out and devoid of any guitar shredding so endemic in todays music be it jazz or rock. Bakir wears his influences proudly and I hear the echo's of the greats like Wes Montgomery, Les Paul, Pat Metheny, John Scofield et al. Recorded in a one day session, in a re- furbished studio that was once an old church, Bakir and his two seasoned New York studio veterans on acoustic bass and drums have made an album that could have been recorded 50 years ago but could also have been made today and will still sound great 30 years from now..You couldn't get a higher compliment.
Joe Sciortino - Amazon reviewer
Live Gig Review
Bakir appears to have a strong grounding in jazz sub-genres, as well as classical and pop music. However, his own style might be best described as post-fusion, similar in concept to that of guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Both men came of age after the original jazz-rock fusion era had crested, yet their music synthesizes rock and jazz elements with more ease and fluency than did the originators of fusion during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Stop 'n' Go, the second tune of Saturday's performance, displayed this seamless marriage of funk, rock and jazz influences, Byrd's keyboard work recalling the impassioned sounds of Herbie Hancock and Chick Coreain their electric prime. Bakir's solo paid homage to John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu days while also sounding very contemporary - and considerably more restrained in tone. The guitarist and keyboardist brought the piece to a climax when their comping during the tail end of Brown's solo grew into a fast, furious and fun-filled improvisatory dialogue.
Much later, Oddity explored equally fulfilling possibilities through the intersection of jazz, rock and Latin musical styles. Bilello's fine mallet work introduced this piece before Bakir took off on one of his most inspired fingerpicking excursions of the night. His clean, crisp attack revealed an impressive technique, honed no doubt during his residency at the Hartford Conservatory, where he studied on scholarship after arriving in the U.S. nine years ago
Chuck Obuchowski - Hartford Courant
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