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Sinan Bakir

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.

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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

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

Hartford, CT

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students

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