Various Artists – Traditional Crossroads, Istanbul 1925

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

In 1920s Turkey, the faint influence of the Ottoman Empire still lingered in the air, mixed with the shock of the new, the sounds of the Middle East, Europe and North Africa all meeting. These classic tracks show a melange emerging, a souk of musical spices that's entrancing and full of Eastern promise. Ouds and saxophones, voices and Gypsy bands fill the air in a glorious riot of music that fills the senses.