Fahir Atakoglu fusion jazz music releases world

Fahir Atakoglu set to release “Faces & Places” on Jan. 5

World-jazz pianist-composer-arranger Fahir Atakoglu enlists a host of friends for his upcoming Jan.5 release, “Faces & Places.” Joining him are trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Wayne Krantz,Yellowjackets’ saxophonist Bob Mintzer, Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist John Patitucci and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez on drums. 

According to a news release, “Faces & Places” is a follow-up to the 2008 fusion project “Istanbul in Blue,” which reached #1 on the JazzWeek World Music Albums chart and featured guitarists Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz, tenor saxophonist Bob Franchesini, bassist Anthony Jackson, and Hernandez on drums.

Atakoglu dedicates “Faces & Places” project “to all musicians who have come to the United States from all corners of the world: Those who follow their dreams and touch people’s hearts, lives and souls with their music.” A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Atakoglu has recorded 18 albums that have sold more than two million copies in 17 countries including the United States. Atakoglu continues to compose film scores, ballet music, operas and other symphonic works while also performing solo and trio concerts around the world.

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