Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Talip Ozkan - The Dark Fire

From All Music Guide:
"One of the most Westernized countries in the Middle East, Turkey has long been a major consumer of American popular culture...But the market for traditional Turkish music remains, and Talip Ozkan has continued to be one of the country's most revered traditionalists. The Dark Fire, an outstanding collection of traditional songs, illustrates both the passionate, soulful nature of his singing and his mastery of the saz, a Turkish lute. Ozkan plays the instrument in so hard and physical a way that it sounds like he's leading a five-piece band, but in fact, his only accompaniment is percussionist and fellow saz player Mahmut Demir. And while his playing almost sounds electric at times, Ozkan sticks to an acoustic setting on this pearl of a CD. Middle Eastern music simply doesn't get any richer."
I have not heard this record since I owned a vinyl copy in the mid-90s. I am dying to hear it. If you have a copy and would be willing to share, please leave a note in the comments to this post or upload a copy to me here. I will, in turn, upload the songs to some of my own space and post the links here. Thanks.