An oddball Turkish single from 1975 whose A-side suggests a space-jazz-funk improvisation on the melody of "Superstition" and whose B-side evokes a TV cop show theme from around that time (but in a good way.)
Zel Zele launches with a reissue of a holy grail by Ümit Aksu Orkestrası – a band formed by Turkish pianist, composer and arranger Ümit Aksu. Originally released in 1975, Bermuda Şeytan Ücgeni is an outstanding experimentation of forward-thinking jazz-funk played by some of Turkey’s most talented musicians.
Side A: Bermuda Şeytan Ücgeni
Bermuda Şeytan Ücgeni is the musical adaptation of The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle. A whirlpool leading into a jazz/funk piece with playful horn section, funky bass-line and drum breaks, almost sounding like an adventurous Blaxploitation soundtrack. A daring sax solo comes into play by the second minute that sets the ship on fire. Just when you think that must be it, starts the synthesiser havoc; chaos, alarms, whirlwind all goes off as the mystery of the triangle unfolds.
Side B: Boğaziçi Köprüsü
Boğaziçi Köprüsü meaning Bosphorus Bridge, is the name of the first bridge in Istanbul that connects the Asian and European sides of the city. The track was released 2 years after the bridge was built. It starts with a car engine which is about to take a nostalgic and playful ride through the Bosphorus Bridge. Melodic, synth led tune that reminds us of early Italian library recordings.
In this release, Ümit Aksu’s orchestra is formed of Süheyl Denizci on tenor saxophone, Merih Dumlu on bass, Engin Süelözgen on guitar, Cezmi Başegmez on drums, Ergüven Başaran on baritone sax, Erdoğan Ergun and Engin Erge on trumpet, Halil Saçlı on trombone, Veysel Çadır on percussion and Ümit Aksu on keyboard and synthesizer. Using a FBT brand synthesizer, Ümit Aksu creates otherworldly cosmic sound effects. At the time, distribution of this equipment was very limited but he was lucky to receive it as a gift from his son who brought it from Italy. Both
tracks in the 7” were arranged by Turkish-Armenian producer, composer and songwriter Norayr Demirci, the genius behind some of the most well known Turkish pop and dance music releases of the 70s of artists like Ajda Pekkan, Kamuran Akkor and Edip Akbayram. Bermuda Şeytan Ücgeni was recorded in Istanbul’s Studyo Hayri.