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|Brooklyn Funk Essential|
In the Buzz Bag
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
This is an unusual offering for the New York funk/jazz/hip hop outfit, recorded in Istanbul in consortium with local combo Laco Tayfa. Already adept at fusing funk, reggae, Latin, and jazz in their mix, Funk Essentials her... more »
This is an unusual offering for the New York funk/jazz/hip hop outfit, recorded in Istanbul in consortium with local combo Laco Tayfa. Already adept at fusing funk, reggae, Latin, and jazz in their mix, Funk Essentials here add Turkish rhythms and instruments like the kanun, oud, zuma, and clarinet, usually just for color in the dance groove. When things work, as on the title track, it's a highly successful marriage, but at times it is a little forced. The material strays to a couple of sappy "urban contemporary" ballads, but luckily Buzz Bag is generally upbeat, and the band's inherent musicality, humor, and intelligence keep things afloat. The most interesting tracks are the ones that carry the most Turkish influence, but generally this is less a World Summit than a Nu Kultural Flava. --Derek Rath
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Serkan Koseoglu | Ankara, Turkey | 12/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I like this album very much. The balances of instrumets is really good. I like its sound and I can feel the groove. I got never bored listening it. The band worked with gypsy musicians in Turkey. Most of the Turkish melodies used are real classics in Turkey. I can say they don't create much about Turkish music but they really mixed it quite good with funk and jazz."
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Serkan Koseoglu | 02/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"BFE entegrated the most beloved Turkish tunes to NY funk. It's a very successful fusion, but in fact, the original Turkish melodies remain so untouched, so that you can play this cd even in a traditional turkish club. The rhytym harmony is amazing. So fun and peacefull. It is not possible to understand how firstname.lastname@example.org came to the point of politics in middle east in his review of the album. Incredible successfully selected songs belong purely to folk music, and have of course nothing to do with government issues, as away as BFE is from Bill Clinton's new years programme. BFE has added a great international taste to its experience. BFE has left the roxy club in Istanbul some time ago, but we still like to hear the voice of a child from the jam sessions on a musical marriage. I highly recommend this album to funk, jazz, rap and world beat fans."
Serkan Koseoglu | 08/06/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's a great album, dynamic an itelligent. Group has made a good blend like Marlboro with Turkish tobacco. But still, I think some tracks are a little bit overdriven with Turkish music. It's a tasteful album which get the same pleasure each time I listen."