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Soft Machine: Hidden Details

Read "Hidden Details" reviewed by John Kelman

Following a series of releases for Moonjune Records under the moniker Soft Machine Legacy, beginning with 2005's Live in Zaandam and concluding, most recently, with 2013's Burden of Proof, this quartet consisting largely of members from the classic Canterbury group Soft Machine has finally decided to drop the “Legacy" and go it with the original name ...

Dwiki Dharmawan

Dwiki Dharmawan is one of Indonesia’s most gifted and celebrated music personalities: a multi-genre keyboardist, composer, producer, peace activist and cultural icon. With a career spanning over 30 years and performances in more than 70 countries, Dwiki remains one of his country’s most popular and respected industry stalwarts. On his debut for MoonJune, listeners were treated to an exotic musical mélange of the highest order — featuring fusion, jazz and progressive rock luminaries, Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip, as well the legendary violinist, Jerry Goodman. “So Far, So Close” featured adventurous compositions, augmented by sleek arrangements and performances. His follow-up release, “Pasar Klewer,” cruised at even higher altitudes — earning Dwiki a coveted 5-star review in the iconic Downbeat magazine, the widely read and highly respected All About Jazz, as well as equally exalted praise from respected music critics across the globe

Xavi Reija: The Sound Of The Earth

Read "The Sound Of The Earth" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

After the acoustic trio interlude of Reflections (Self Produced, 2017) Spanish drummer/composer/bandleader Xavi Reija returns to electric rock/jazz fusion territory, once again in the company of the extraordinary Barcelona-based, Serbian-born guitarist Dusan Jevtovic--his playing partner on several other MoonJune albums, most notably Resolution (MoonJune Records, 2016). The group is filled out by legendary American bassist/Chapman Stick ...

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, ...

Mark Wingfield: Tales From The Dreaming City

Read "Tales From The Dreaming City" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

British guitar virtuoso Mark Wingfield is one of the linchpins of the ever-expanding Moonjune Records roster, and his relationship with bassist Yaron Stavi and drummer Asaf Sirkis (both Israeli-born, now based in the U.K.) has been especially fruitful. All three played on the acclaimed improvised album The Stone House (Moonjune Records, 2017) along with touch guitarist ...

Dwiki Dharmawan: Rumah Batu

Read "Rumah Batu" reviewed by John Kelman

There are, in these times of reduced music sales, fewer and fewer models that help niche labels to survive. In the case of New York-based MoonJune Records and its intrepid head Leonardo Pavkovic, the path to survival seems increasingly more about doing what he does for the love of it, and less about fiduciary gain (much ...

Slivovitz: Liver

Read "Liver" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Slivovitz, and especially this live set, are not for the musical faint of heart.

As a live recording, LiveR is “live-r" than most. Recorded in Milan in May 2016, it explodes from their native Italy into your senses with a colorful and frantic sound, a wailing mongrel child that fiercely claims such shared, diverse ...

Dominique Vantomme: Vegir

Read "Vegir" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Belgian keyboardist/composer/producer Dominique Vantomme leads a razor-sharp quartet through a spontaneous treatment of a set of musical sketches. He is joined by guitarist Michel Delville, a fellow Belgian known for progressive projects such as The Wrong Object and Machine Mass; legendary electric bassist/Chapman Stick player Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Stick Men); and Belgian drummer ...

Slivovitz: Liver

Read "Liver" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This high-flying Italian jazz rock septet performs live in your listening space via the upfront and shrewdly recorded audio capturing the artists in peak form at a Milan venue. With shades of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Curlew and Italian prog rock pioneers' PFM, harmonica ace Derek Di Perri fuses an organic country-like aura into the band's electrifying attack, ...

Dusan Jevtovic: Live at Home

Read "Live at Home" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Prominent Serbian guitarist Dusan Jevtovic and his fellow countrymen recorded this synergistic set at a venue in Kragujevac, Serbia. It's a limited-edition CD release, but available as a digital download and via streaming mechanisms. Nonetheless, it's an album where the musicians seemingly play the right notes, sans any extraneous dabbling, tinkering or excessive soloing jaunts. Even ...