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Wizart by Genco Ari
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Artist/Band:Genco Ari
Cat No.:MESS-1
Performed by:Genco Ari (piano)
Anthony Jackson (electric bass)
Dave Weckl (drums)
Mike Stern (guitar)
Bob Franceschini (soprano sax,tenor sax)
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Turkey may not be known as the jazz capital of the world, but there are many talented musicians in the country, and this CD is a wonderful proof. Genco (pronounced "ganjo") Ari is a superbly talented pianist, composer and arranger, a former prodigy whose music career began at age 9. For his debut album, Mess Production's producer Suha Kurultay pulled off a major coup by gathering American superstars -- Anthony Jackson (electric bass), Dave Weckl (drums), Mike Stern (guitar) and Bob Franceschini (saxes) -- around this virtually unknown artist.

They went to Turkey to record this album, and were blown away by Ari's talents: He is not only a piano virtuoso but a truly great composer. All tunes in this CD were composed (except "Corners" by Sarp Maiden) and arranged by the leader himself. The varied program opens with a brooding, dark and tender "I Knew," turns to a funky eight-beat number "Turkish Pizza," and a post-bop four-beat swinger "Corners." "Internal Affair" is a dreamy ballad featuring the sensitive bass playing of Anthony Jackson. Dave Weckl shows his amazing chops with a Latin-tinged "Far Beyond," and Ari himself displays his pianistic virtuosity with a solo number "Wiz."

Ari's original tunes are well constructed and have memorable melodies. Jackson's comment after the recording sums up what we feel: "There are musicians who are great virtuosi, nowadays there are plenty of them. But there are musicians who are great players AND great composers, too. Those people are very rare, and this young man is one of them." Bravo!

Produced by Suha Kurultay, Mess Productions. This CD was released in Turkey in 2008 by EMI Turkey.
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Album Tracks:
1. I KnewMP3 Sample
2. Turkish PizzaMP3 Sample
3. CornersMP3 Sample
4. Internal Affair
5. Far Beyond
6. Wiz
7. Are You There?
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