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Ilhan Ersahin: Our Song

Turkish tenor man Ersahin, who has been leading Saturday brunch sessions at Sweet Basil for three-and-a-half years, debuts impressively on this album. He solos in a declarative, extrapolative manner, combining hard bop (Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter) and non-freak-out free jazz (Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman). Trumpeter Eddie Henderson, pianist Jon Dave, bassist Doug Weiss, and drummer Kenny Wolleson perform solidly in his corner. A Turkish folk song and nine Ersahin originals comprise the program.

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