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,
in the mold of John Scofield (Stop n' Go, Karma). The
mixes bebop lines with chromatic trills, relying heavily on
hammer-ons and pull-offs, to create a unique voice void of
The full effect of Bakir's approach can be felt on the dirge-like
Evergreen. Kneeland, with his deep-in-the-wood tone, cuts
harmonically-rich ballad Ice Orbits with an inventive solo
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students