Mustafa Kandirali

COMPOSERS: Mustafa Kandirali
LABELS: Traditional Crossroads/Uzelli
ALBUM TITLE: Mustafa Kandirali
PERFORMER: Mustafa Kandirali
CATALOGUE NO: CD 6004
The prodigious talent of Turkish clarinettist Mustafa Kandirali (born 1929) is showcased in this deluxe, well-annotated compilation assembled from studio recordings made between the 1950s and the ’80s. His repertoire ranges from sinuous solo improvisations on the modal models of Turkish classical makam to popular dance hall tunes, Roma (Gypsy) melodies in overdrive, and small ensemble arrangements of Turkish folk dances. His soulful playing is reminiscent of a master blues artist.Theodore Levin

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