Timuçin Şahin’s Flow State – Nothing Bad Can Happen (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:42 minutes | 501 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Timuçin Şahin has been recognized as one of today’s truly unique voices of contemporary jazz. His unique sound on fretless electric guitar and his emotional content in his composing makes him non-comparable and his music almost impossible to categorize. On “Nothing Bad Can Happen” Timuçin explores a wide range of musical vocabulary with his band members, who are all great improvisers and willing to search for the unknown.
Audiophile audition described his music as follows:
“There is a lot going on in Sahin’s ample assortment of tones and experimentation and his approach to composition and performance necessitates active involvement. But to apply a one-time film student’s simile, it is like delving into a David Lynch or Atom Egoyan movie: on subsequent tries understanding and insight start to occur”.
“Flow,” also known as ‘The Zone’ in positive psychology, is the mental state in which a person who pursues a particular activity sinks completely into it.” Timuçin Şahin really gets to the point with that. He wants to immerse himself deeply into his music and actually sink into it in each of his projects. However, the term “flow” goes even further for the Turkish guitarist, who went to the Netherlands in 1992, studied at the Hilversum Conservatories and jazz guitar in Amsterdam, and then studied classical composition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. “I also see the possibility of a renewal, a kind of recollection of lost virtues that lead us out of this general state of indifference in which we currently are, and in which the ignorance of our society, the emptiness and anonymity as well as the illusory image of the world, which is forced upon us from birth.”
Şahin’s current band with the pianist Cory Smythe, bassist Christopher Tordini and old-hand drummer Tom Rainey help him to slide into this very special flow. When the 44-year-old talks about music, then there is always talk of “collective individuality”. Something that bundles the distinctive features of individuals into one big whole. Or even leaves corners, edges and traces behind even in a compact structure. In this, they use their own personal vocabulary and form an unknown, exciting language from it. The three co-musicians and friends are fearless and impressive improvisers, the man with the double-necked guitar stated enthusiastically. They provide the chance with their passionate and creative contributions to enter a largely undiscovered sound world, combining all surrounding acoustic information into a new musical value system.
Dr. Nils Vigeland, Timuçin Şahin’s teacher at the Manhattan School of Music in New York laid the foundation for this special kind of “philosophical improvisation” in 2003. Although the once passionate follower of rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Van Halen studied only four months under the classical pianist, the encounter took his further career in a completely different direction. “He liberated my sound,” Şahin summarized the short but significant period in the Big Apple where he already worked as a sideman with Randy Brecker, Greg Osby, Mike Mainieri, Mark Turner, Tony Moreno, Ernst Reijseger, Donny McCaslin and Thomas Morgan. He dedicated “Nothing Bad Can Happen” to Vigeland not the least because of that
The high art of eight pieces is in the fact of serving all influences from rock all the way to Ornette Coleman’s Harmolodics not as clichés on a silver platter, but rather cleverly hidden in a dense forest full of overlapping instrumental contributions. Consequently, it’s worth your while to prick up your ears and follow the paths of Ethel Şahin, Cory Smythe, Christopher Tordini and Tom Rainey. Together, they develop a subtle, detail-loving, surprising mixture of sounds that flow into extremely entertaining stories. Fear not! Nothing bad can happen to you here.
01. Timuçin Şahin’s Flow State – Nothing Bad Can Happen (09:01)
02. Timuçin Şahin’s Flow State – Mahir’s Plan to Find Scrus (05:22)
03. Timuçin Şahin’s Flow State – One Hundred Days in a Weekend (07:05)
04. Timuçin Şahin’s Flow State – Flow State, Part I: Resurrection (03:54)
05. Timuçin Şahin’s Flow State – Sns (10:05)
06. Timuçin Şahin’s Flow State – Flow State, Part II: Reconstruction (02:44)
07. Timuçin Şahin’s Flow State – Bakumbaga Is Scrus (05:58)
08. Timuçin Şahin’s Flow State – Flow State, Part III: Coexistence (03:30)