Grammy nominated composer and JAZZIZ’s 2014 Top 10 pick Jazz pianist Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol has been praised by critics all over the world for his unique, pluralist, multicultural and energetic musical voice, as both composer and performer. An active ethnomusicologist, a Harvard research fellow and multi-instrumentalist, Sanlıkol, who hails from Cyprus and Turkey, is currently a faculty member at Emerson College and College of the Holy Cross.

Even though Sanlikol draws on his Turkish heritage to underscore his essentially pleasing themes, the over-all complexion is one of American big-band jazz, well-written and expertly performed by Sanlikol and his colleagues. Read the full review here