The things you own end up owning you.

Hagen Rether über die “Integration”


October 17, 2009 Posted by | Music.only.good music | Leave a comment

Joe Satriani meets Asik Veysel

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Music Reviews, Music.only.good music, Turkish daily | Leave a comment

Genclik Ile El Ele – Mustafa Özkent Orkestrasi – 1973 Album

direct quote  from the website:

Mustafa Özkent started his career as a musician in 1960 with his youngsters band “Teenagers”, located in Ankara. It was called so, as no member was older than 19.  Later on, he formed his own band, the “Mustafa Özkent Orkestrasi” and cut some singles and this LP.  The LP “Elif” seems to be a solo work of Özkent, as only his name is on the cover.

Özkent was a demanded studio musician, too.  For example he participated at the Özel Türkbas belly dance album “Alla-Turca – The Turkish Way With Özel”. (El-Ay Records 2982; 1975). He is also known as a composer and arranger and still cuts albums. His latest LP “Dijital gitar” was released in 2005.”  Akin Erkan

“Gençlik Ile Elele” album is an odd combination of A-Go-Go, funk, psychedelica, loose improvisation without in advance too melodically structured ideas, based upon an Anatolian folk inspired crossover style. Very “western”, and at the same time exotic. A great album.

The first album is out on CD now :

Review I added on
(with more links to other reviews)

As a guitarist Mustafa was asked on various other albums, like Ozel Turkbas “Alla-Turca” – The Turkish Way With Ozel, a belly dance record on El-Ay Records 2982; 1975.
Info :

Audio : “Dolana Dolana

In 2007 Mustafa Özkent contacted me thanking me about the review, and telling me I was the first to discover his music in 2000 (playlist). He said he studied in Brussels ”Academie D’e music D’ixelles” and worked in Brussels Hilton in 1975-76. I said that also Baris was in Belgium to study. Barış was also close friend and they were together for a short time in Brussels at 1976. They worked together for a long time with Okay Temiz in Istanbul. Okay Temiz was in Sweden for a long time but now he is back in İstanbul. Allso Mogollar were amongst his friends. Sometimes they saw each other. When Mustafa worked in a big band as an arranger and guitar player at the Olympic games of Montreal 1976, they worked together with some belgian musicians. Mustafa also made some TV shows in Paris with his special guitar where he added extra frets to play traditional Turkish music. He also did some concerts in New York  Madison square garden. After all these adventures, he now is back in İstanbul, playing, composing, arranging, conducting and producing.

June 20, 2008 Posted by | Music.only.good music | Leave a comment

Interview with Captian Beefheart

June 8, 2008 Posted by | Music.only.good music | Leave a comment

The Fugs – Nothing Song

June 8, 2008 Posted by | Music.only.good music | Leave a comment

Burning and Looting Tonight with La Haine

This morning I woke up in a curfew;
O god, I was a prisoner, too – yeah!
Could not recognize the faces standing over me;
They were all dressed in uniforms of brutality. eh!

How many rivers do we have to cross,
Before we can talk to the boss? eh!
All that we got, it seems we have lost;
We must have really paid the cost.

(thats why we gonna be)
Burnin and a-lootin tonight;
(say we gonna burn and loot)
Burnin and a-lootin tonight;
(one more thing)
Burnin all pollution tonight;
(oh, yeah, yeah)
Burnin all illusion tonight.

Oh, stop them!

Give me the food and let me grow;
Let the roots man take a blow.
All them drugs gonna make you slow now;
Its not the music of the ghetto. eh!

Weeping and a-wailin tonight;
(who can stop the tears? )
Weeping and a-wailin tonight;
(weve been suffering these long, long-a years!)
Weeping and a-wailin tonight
(will you say cheer? )
Weeping and a-wailin tonight
(but where? )

Give me the food and let me grow;
Let the roots man take a blow.
I must say: all them – all them drugs gonna make you slow;
Its not the music of the ghetto.

We gonna be burning and a-looting tonight;
(to survive, yeah!)
Burning and a-looting tonight;
(save your baby lives)
Burning all pollution tonight;
(pollution, yeah, yeah!)
Burning all illusion tonight
(lord-a, lord-a, lord-a, lord!)

Burning and a-looting tonight;
Burning and a-looting tonight;
Burning all pollution tonight. /fadeout/

May 11, 2008 Posted by | Music.only.good music | 3 Comments

Jean Baptiste “Django” Reinhardt – A Guitar Magician


In Music there are “Legends”, such as the “Robert Johnson’s” deal with the demon. Django Reinhardt is surely one other legend from the first half of the 20th century. Django was born in Belgium in 1910, and began to play first the violin, then the banjo and the guitar whilst residing in a “Gypsy Camp” in the outskirts of Paris during the “Interwar Years” and the first recording by him dates back to 1928, Django as a banjo player.

During the same year “Django”s caravan got completely burnt down, (Django’s first wife was selling plastic flowers in the downtown Paris for living and the caravan was full of flammable materials), leaving Django with severe burns over his body. His right leg was paralysed and making things even worse, his third and fourth fingers were also partially paralysed. Practically he was left with his first and second fingers plus his thumb to play any stringed instrument. His brother bought him a new guitar easier for him to play, and though the doctors proposed the end of this music making career, it was just beginning.

During the next year, “Django” worked hard to establish a fingering system for himself which made the speciality of his technique and no doubt uniqueness. As “Allmusic” also puts it some say that during the recovery “he was introduced to American jazz when he found a 78 RPM disc of Louis Armstrong’s”Dallas Blues” at an Orleans flea market” (1). Later with his re-loaded style, “Django” worked in Parisian circles and made a name of a velvet guitarist.

During one of this touring in Paris the legendary “Quintette of Hot Club de Paris came out. According to “REdhotjazz” to quote:

“The group started out as an informal jam session that was held between sets at the Hotel Claridge (37 Rue Francois 1er.) in Paris in 1933. Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, Roger Chaput and Louis Vola were playing in the hotel dance band at the time. Between sets they would play jazz together in a backroom at the hotel. One day Pierre Nourry and Charles Delaunay of Hot Club witnessed one of these sessions and arranged that the group record it’s first records for the Ultraphone label in December of 1934” (2).

From 1934 to the outbreak of the war in Europe, the Quintette drew international renominations and also worked with DECCA and HMV Recordings. The Quintette was initially made up of “Django” as the lead guitar, Django’s brother Joseph and Roger Chaput as the acoustic rhythm guitar, Louis Vola as the bassist and Stephane Grappelli as the violinist.




Photo taken from

further reading:

Django Reinhardt; Know The Man, Play The Music, by Dave Gelly and Rod Fogg, A Backbeat Book, 2005
Django Reinhardt, by Michael Dregni, Oxford University Press, 2005
Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend, by Charles Delaunay, 1961
Stéphane Grappelli: A Biography, by Geoffrey Smith, 1987
With Only My Violin: The Memoirs of Stephane Grappelli, by Stéphane Grappelli and Jean-Marc Bramy, Welcome Rain Publishers, 2002
Stephane Grappelli: With and Without Django, by Paul Balmer, Sanctuary Publishing, Ltd., 2003

May 3, 2008 Posted by | Music.only.good music | Leave a comment

Baba Zula

very nice music from the Turkish band Baba Zula, with wonderful pictures of Istanbul…

April 1, 2008 Posted by | Music Reviews, Music.only.good music | Leave a comment

Adriano Celentano – Il Tempo se ne va – Zaman akip giderken

Celentano and another legendary song from him. At first, if you, like me do not have a capable knowledge of Italian and cannot understand the text at the beginning, you would feel Celentano’s sound coming from the heart skimmed through a velvet throat

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Music Reviews, Music.only.good music | Leave a comment

Adriano Celentano – Storia D’Amore (1969)

March 24, 2008 Posted by | Music.only.good music | Leave a comment