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Falay, Maffy [Ahmed Muvaffak ]locked

  • Barry Kernfeld

(b Izmir, Turkey, Aug 30, 1930). Turkish trumpeter. He grew up in a musical family and first played jazz at clubs and parties while attending the conservatory of music in Ankara (1947–54). Having been discovered by Dizzy Gillespie when he played a welcoming salute when the famous trumpeter arrived at Ankara airport in 1956, Falay lived in Germany (1956–9) and then moved to Sweden, where he performed and recorded with Nils Lindberg; he also played and in 1960 recorded with Harry Arnold, the singer Boris Lindquist, and Arne Domnérus. With Quincy Jones he recorded (1961), performed at the Swedish Jazz Festival (1963), and collaborated on film music. He recorded in Germany with the Clarke–Boland Big Band (1961, 1963) and Kurt Edelhagen (1964), and later made recordings, principally in Stockholm, with Bernt Rosengren (1969, 1971, 1973), Don Cherry and George Russell (both 1971), and Gunnar Nilsson (1971–2). His group Sevda developed a fusion of Turkish music and bop and recorded three albums in 1972–3 with Rosengren as a principal soloist. Falay remains active in Sweden, where in 1985 he formed a bop sextet which again included Rosengren; it recorded in 1986 and 1993, appeared (as a quintet) at the festival in Istanbul in 1994, and held engagements at the Lilla Maria Restaurant in Stockholm through the 1990s. He also recorded as a sideman with the singer Lulu Alke (1989) and the violinist and double bass player Björn Alke (1994).

Selected recordings

As leader

of Sevda: Sevda (1972, Caprice 31)

We Six (1986, Phontastic 7576)

Hank’s Tune (1993, Liphone 3157)

Live at International Istanbul Jazz Fest. ’94 (1994, Golden Horn 001)

As sideman

B. Alke: Lulu Alke (1994, Caprice 21372)


L. Feather: The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Sixties (New York, 1966/R1986)