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Dwiki Dharmawan: Rumah Batu

Read "Rumah Batu" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Dwiki Dharmawan's international debut, So Far So Close (MoonJune Records) (2016), pitted the Indonesian pianist with Jimmy Haslip, Chad Wackerman and Indonesian six-string maestros Thopati and Dewa Budjana in a mostly conventional jazz-fusion setting. On Pasar Klewer (2017) Dharmawan gave vent to his incredibly broad compositional palette, with a genre-bending mash-up featuring Jerry Goodman, Mark Wingfield, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

Dewa Budjana: Zentuary

Read "Zentuary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Indonesian composer, guitarist and bandleader Dewa Budjana's tenth release (and his first on guitarist Steve Vai's label Favored Nations in association with Budjana's usual label, MoonJune) reviews, consolidates and advances his sound. Budjana's three decades of performing and recording, including collaborations with jazz A-listers as Peter Erskine, Joe Locke and Larry Goldings, are worth the retrospective. ...

Jazz in Its Present Tents

Read "Jazz in Its Present Tents" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries.

Bossacucanova
The Best of Bossacucanova
Six Degrees Records
2016

Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer Plays Indonesia

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Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer
Various Locations
Bandung and Jakarta, Indonesia
March 2-5, 2017

It was supposed to just be a soundcheck and rehearsal. But the energy and focus delivered as Indonesian pianist/composer Dwiki Dharmawan ran his Pasar Klewer band through the various numbers most of this group had recorded in ...

Tohpati Ethnomission: Mata Hati

Read "Mata Hati" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Indonesian guitarist and composer Tohpati, like his countrymen Dewa Budjana and Dwiki Dharmawan, is a busy studio musician who somehow manages to keep several of his own distinct musical projects moving in parallel. The most well-known of these is probably simakDialog, best described as an Indonesian jam band whose copious recorded output has been cut short ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Il meglio del 2016 secondo Claudio Bonomi

Read "Il meglio del 2016 secondo Claudio Bonomi" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Una top ten ecumenica quella del 2016 che prende un po' da tutti i generi e da tutti i Paesi. Si decolla da casa nostra, dalle Marche per la precisione, con gli Agorà che tornano alla ribalta con un live avvincente e non scontato che vede l'Area Patrizio Fariselli alle tastiere elettriche, per atterrare in Indonesia ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dewa Budjana: Zentuary

Read "Zentuary" reviewed by John Kelman

In retrospect, all paths have truly led to this. Four increasingly impressive recordings for Moonjune Records have brought Dewa Budjana together with a variety of high profile, top-drawer jazz musicians from the American west and east coasts. Each successive album, from 2013's Dawai in Paradise through to 2015's Hasta Karma, have found the Indonesian guitarist raising ...

Beledo: Dreamland Mechanism

Read "Dreamland Mechanism" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Hailing from Montevideo, Uruguay but now resident in New York City, prodigiously talented multi-instrumentalist Beledo signed to MoonJune Records in 2013. The result of this signing is a stunningly good album sporting some of jazz fusion's most talented exponents including the redoubtable British drummer Gary Husband and in-demand NYC bassist Lincoln Goines. Beledo won his spurs ...

Dewa Budjana: Hasta Karma

Read "Hasta Karma" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Hasta Karma is the eighth solo album from Dewa Budjana. Though famous as a rock guitarist in his native Indonesia, one might never know it by the way he plays jazz, a path he has been seeking, and owning, for nearly two decades. The expansive foundation of “Saniscara," which introduces this supple set, underscores the talents ...