Review: Not to get all emotional and stuff but, as some of you may already know, Jazz Semai is officially the first jazz album to get recorded in Turkey. The 1978 juggernaut is a collector's item, seemingly impossible to find in its original format, so it's kind of a big deal that Rainbow 45 have managed to find the rights and press up some new vinyl copies for us all - a true xmas present! The infamous Erol Pakcan leads on drums, Tuna Otenel resides all over the pianos, and Kudret Oztoprak delivers the bass and extra percussive wonder. Together, these three conjured what is a beautifully diverse and playful jazz LP, full of twists and corners, subtle Turkish influences, but also plenty of sounds and styles adopted from the American school of thought. All in all, it's a special and important album, both musically, historically, and politically. Don't miss it.