7.31.2005

Danse de Sabres



Cazim Demir & Fahri Koc Uzun Hava (Lavik)
from Music from Turkey LP (Argo, 1961)

While it shouldn't be a surprise any more, I am always taken a bit aback when I stumble upon something that sounds so out there yet so familiar. I pick up records of international music all the time. Some of it indeed sounds foreign to my ears, some of it even sounds extreme. I am used to that. But when a zurna/dawul duo from the mountains of Turkey play something that makes me think of Albert Ayler and the ESP Disk catalog, and that something is a traditional sword dance that predates "free jazz" by at least a hundred years, well, I can do nothing more than thank the heavens for making our ears bend toward such "extremes."

Cazim Demir plays the zurna, a double reed instrument with seven holes. Fahri Koc drums on a dawul, a big, deep sounding drum that resembles a marching band bass drum. This track was recorded in the town of Erzurum in 1961 by Deben Bhattachrya. While the rest of the Music from Turkey LP is not this loud, it has plenty of gems on it and is worth seeking out.


Comments:
Ah yes, the Turks. My bandmate brought in a CD of this sort of stuff that he used to clear out the record store where he worked at closing time when people were lingering too long. From what we could tell, the record label was called Owl Perched On An Unstrung Tennis Racket. That's what the logo was, at least. This song sounds like a housefly orgasm, and at least one person in my office has walked by and given me a subtle "you are insane" look. NICE.
 
Yeah! Sound just like Jujuka stuff from Morroco, like what Brian Jones recorded.
 
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