Emrah Kotan | The New Anatolian Experience

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The New Anatolian Experience

by Emrah Kotan

Drummer/Percussionist Emrah Kotan takes listeners on a musical joyride as he fuses his Turkish roots with his love for Jazz and World music on his long-awaited debut album.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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1. Ottoman Slap
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2. A.J.
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3. My Angels
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4. Anatolia
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5. Istanblues
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6. Tanya
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7. Odd Time Is It
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8. Nardis Intro
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9. Nardis
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10. Yemen Türküsü (Song for Yemen)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
All songs composed by Emrah Kotan unless otherwise noted

Ottoman Slap
Jose Manuel Garcia, piano
Joseph Patrick Moore, bass
David Engelhard, saxophone
David Springer, guitar
Emrah Kotan, drums and percussion


AJ (arranged by Jose Manuel Garcia)
Jose Manuel Garcia, piano
Matt Stallard, bass
Marla Feeney, saxophone, flute and violin
Ron Taylor, trumpet
Emrah Kotan, drums and percussion


My Angels
Jose Manuel Garcia, piano
Matt Stallard, bass
Ron Taylor, trumpet
Bob Lewis, flutes
Emrah Kotan, vibraphone and cymbals


Anatolia
Jose Manuel Garcia, piano and Rhodes
Matt Stallard, bass
David Springer, guitar
Emrah Kotan, drums and percussion


Istanblues
Darren Ginn, piano
Matt Stallard, bass
Marla Feeney, saxophone
Emrah Kotan, drums


Tanya
Jose Manuel Garcia, piano
Matt Stallard, bass
Emrah Kotan, drums


Odd Time Is It
Jose Manuel Garcia, piano and Rhodes
Matt Stallard, bass
Anton Harris, saxophone
David Springer, guitar
Abbes Bouzefrane, vocals
Emrah Kotan, drums and percussion


Nardis Intro (Mustafa Yasin Uygunca)
Mustafa Yasin Uygunca, synth qanun


Nardis (Miles Davis, arranged by Emrah Kotan)
Bill Wilson, piano
Ramon Pooser, bass
David Springer, guitar
Charles Hakim Marshall, saxophone
Emrah Kotan, percussion
Larry Blewitt, hand clap


Yemen Türküsü (Song for Yemen)
(Composer Unknown, arranged by Emrah Kotan)
Mustafa Yasin Uygunca, piano
Matt Stallard, bass
Emrah Kotan, drums and percussion


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T. Stanko

Many flavors -- all tasty!
A great mixture of fantastic players and tight, engaging arrangements make this recording a fun and addictive listen! If you like things a little 'mathy', you're covered -- if you like the smoother stuff, there's some of that too. Eastern tones mix easily with Latin and straight-ahead rhythms to create a vibrant, magical experience for the listener. Highly recommend 'The New Anatolian Experience' -- and if you ever have the chance to check out Kotan and Co. live, definitely take the opportunity!

David Marcus

A great jazz record!
Wow, what a beautiful record! Great jazz playing in many different grooves, from straight ahead to odd meters to dreamy melodies to funk to...., and varied instrumentation from song to song - flute, sax, hand drums, pianos, bass... Great composition, performances, variety, and production....A labor of love. More power to you, Emrah!

Ziya Devletsah

Album that should be up for Grammy
Truly AMAZING.This great album will make you travel around civilizations of past and the current.Very successfully gratuating from the hardest conservatory that was established by Paul Hindemit,Ankara Statete Conservatory,Emrah had chosen to study Jazz in the US,and finished his master's degree with the highest honor.Being witness that I feel very lucky to know him.What a great album this is..Every young and musician who are in the Jazz field, will learn a great deal from this wonderful artist.Compositions are breath-takingly difficult yet,so beautiful.Atlanta is very luck to have multi- talented man like him.This album will bu siuted to evrey house-hold.There will be many great creations to be heard of him that I am very certain about.All the best to you Emrah.

T. Laird

Stellar album . . . what a great listen.
I have had the opportunity to hear Emrah Kotan perform live several times and he always blows me away with his rhythmic sensibility and his astounding ear for arrangement. He is an exciting musician to witness in action. All that comes through on this excellent release that travels so many different places yet remains tight and cohesive throughout. Kotan brings his apprehension of Turkish and Middle Eastern musicality and of Western jazz into a perfect balance. I love his sense of timing in moving from one idea to another, and his appreciation for space. One of my favorites is this regard is "AJ," which also incorporates so many instrumental colors and moods. I love what he does with Miles Davis's "Nardis." He is a genius at arranging. "My Angels" is beautiful and thoughtful and comes at just the right time. Really, every track creates its own world -- a world I want to revisit many times. Well done . . .

Gabrielle

Rhythm and Variety!
Every song on this album has its own uniqueness apart from the others, refreshing for any musical artist but especially in the jazz realm. Each are distinctly crafted, with Kotan's honed and perhaps innate sense of rhythm evident in every song. I am particularly fond of the Nardis Intro, though that is a matter of personal taste.

Dave Zibman

Return of RTF?
This is truly an amazing album. Composition, production and execution are flawless. If you like Return To Forever, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Yes, King Crimson, etc. you will be floored by this. It's RTF on steroids. Emrah's Turkish influences are seamlessly intertwined with jazz fusion along with traditional jazz, along with shades of prog rock. Ever-evolving time signatures and melodies keep the listener engaged throughout. Emrah's drumming is absolutely world-class; up there with the likes of Vinnie Colaiuta, Manu Katche', Bill Bruford, Lenny White, Peter Erskine and Chester Thompson. Five stars is not enough. Highly recommended.

Glenn " Lou" tocci

A Muscian's Musician
Emrah is a Musican's Musician... Artist, Composer, Drummer, Percussionist.. he is the real deal.... One of the best... This CD should be in every musician and music lover's collection. One of the best talents around!! If you have any doubt, invest $ 8.99 & you will be AMAZED. Plus a great ROI (return on investment) for your ears, mind & soul... purchase NOW & ENJOY!!!!!!!

Glenn "Lou" Tocci

You must buy!!!!
All musicians should have this CD in their library. Emrah covers Jazz fusion, Latin , Swing, odd time signatures, middle eastern/world, funk... The music & musicians are TOP NOTCH , Emrah's DRUMMING/Percussion is in a class of its own.. None better... ALL drummers no matter what type of music you play, buy NOW & enjoy.. this is CHOPS CITY!!!

Dave Zibman

The Return of Return To Forever?
This is truly an amazing album. Composition, production and execution are flawless. If you like Return To Forever, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Yes, King Crimson, etc. you will be floored by this. It's RTF on steroids. Emrah's Turkish influences are seamlessly intertwined with jazz fusion along with traditional jazz, along with shades of prog rock. Ever-evolving time signatures and melodies keep the listener engaged throughout. Emrah's drumming is absolutely world-class; up there with the likes of Vinnie Colaiuta, Manu Katche', Bill Bruford, Lenny White, Peter Erskine and Chester Thompson. Five stars is not enough. Highly recommended.

Mike LaGuerre from Miami

DAMN!
Dude....your wife told me that you were a great drummer but DAMN! I didn't know you could play like that. Next time I'm in the ATL I'm taking lessons from you. You are truly a musician's musician. Best of luck with the India Arie gig too. After hearing this album I know why she chose you. You deserve it man. Peace.
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