Okay Temiz & Johnny Dyani

Witchdoctor's Son

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The visionary Turkish percussionist and the great South African bassist were introduced by Don Cherry in 1969, when Dyani moved to Sweden after the break-up of The Blue Notes. They worked together regularly over the next decade, starting out with Cherry in the Eternal Ethnic Music trio.
“Another world,” recalls Temiz. “At that time I was trying to learn as a big band jazz drummer, and when I met Don Cherry, I said, forget it. We played another kind of music. Indian music, Turkish music, Bulgarian, Chinese, you know… All kinds of music.” “Every musician,” Dyani said later, “should realize and acknowledge that folk music is the backbone of every music.”
Recorded in Istanbul in 1976; originally released in an edition of one thousand copies only, on the Turkish label Yonca. The first side features Turkish material arranged by Temiz; the second, SA-oriented music put together by Dyani, opening with a stunning interpretation of Cherry’s Marimba. In a handsome gatefold sleeve, with excellent notes and previously unpublished photos.


Sil says: What a reissue we have here. Truly warm and intimate music for the discerning ear. Heavy turkish influences and jazz elements combined with hypnotic calming rhythms offer the listener the chance to escape to heavenly realms.


1. Gece
2. Yesil Fener
3. Sark Gezintileri
4. Karadeniz Dalgalari
5. Doktur
6. Elhamdulillah Marimba
7. Hepimiz Icin
8. Ben Muslummanim
9. Moriva

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