"Tansu Tumer; a 26 years old electric bass player out of Turkey, makes his debut in the US music scene with his first album "Afraid of What?". Throughout the songs, various guest musicians from Africa, East Europe and South America joins him to help create a new, fresh sound that distinguishes "Afraid of What?" from other bass oriented albums. When listened with proper attention, you may notice his innovative style on the instrument including his trademark techniques such as "Tremolo Harmonics", "Palm Slapping", and "Tremolo Tappings"; but it never does put this album on to the ranks of the ones that are all about overusing of techniques and speed but having no musical value overall. In contrast, you will meet with a talented young musician trying to tell you stories with his music by playing his instrument in a way that not many can do..."
BASS PLAYERS UNITED ALBUM REVIEW: 9/10
"Turkish born, 26 year old, Tansu Tumer makes his US debut with “Afraid of What?” Creating a unique sound via his mastery of the electric bass, Tumer takes World Music to new heights. Throughout the album Eastern rhythms are mixed with Western harmonies and vise-versa creating an alluring fusion of sounds. There is a certain beauty to Tumer’s music that is hard to describe, but is definitely felt on each of the albums 8 tracks.
The first track “Acute Perception” takes the art of tapping to a whole new level, creating sounds often thought not possible on a 4 string bass. The second track, “Embleme”, has a very Wootenesque feel to the groove, combined with catchy lyrics that will be sure to stick in your head long after you’ve listened to it. Tumer is no one trick pony, however, serving up more melodic lines in both “Eurasian Fantasy” and “Eski Yaralar” as well as “Circumstances”. With “Artificially Flavored” he shows that he can bring the funk, laying down a tight groove along the way. “The Ghetto” and “10 Years” showcase Tumer’s trademark techniques such as Tremolo Harmonics, Palm Slapping, and Tremolo Tappings.
A truly innovative album that begs to be listened to with a critical ear, Tumer has created an album that truly showcases his unique virtuosity. 9/10"
BASS MUSICIAN MAGAZINE ALBUM REVIEW:
Afraid of What? By Tansu Tumer… I listened to about a minute of Tansu Tumers “Afraid of What?” and I had to ask myself… Who is this guy? Contrary to most people who purchase a CD knowing very well what they are getting, I never know what to expect when I get a CD for potential review. Sometimes I am pleasantly impressed (as in this case), other times, not so much.
Let’s return to my initial question…Tansu Tumer is a self-taught bassist originally from Turkey. He relocated to Houston in 2009 to pursue his musical career and after a couple of years, he relocated to Los Angeles and is presently working the Jazz scene. “Afraid of What?” is Tansu’s debut album.
Now that we have little background we can explore some of the tracks.
“Acute perception” opens up the CD with a marked mid-eastern feel. Exotic percussion and intricate harmonic bass lines that are “tapped” set the standard for this players “Voice”. There is a pattern to the music; I found it to be enthralling as it established a “World Music” presence right off the bat.
“Embleme” is a simple bass/vocal/djembe song that you might expect to hear in one of those quiet moments in Tansu’s living room. The lyrics start in English but change language to something that sounds like French to me (I could be wrong). The song uses a kind of reggae beat with a casual feel and switches tempo.
“Euraisan Fantasy” takes us off on what I perceived as a Spanish (possibly the Moorish influence with a predominant use of Arabic scale patterns) musical tangent; Acoustic guitar intertwined with the bass
“Artificially Flavored” gives us a view of Tansu’s Funky side.
I think that Tansu has a huge potential and is very talented. On some of the cuts he might be trying a little too hard, which I understand on a debut release but if he just lets the music flow and his talent shine, he should go far!
Check this CD out!