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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 ...

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 ...

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Ligro: Dictionary 3

Read "Dictionary 3" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Ligro is yet another one of MoonJune Records' stellar discoveries from Indonesia. One says “Indonesia" with caution, as each member of this supremely energetic fusion power trio hails from a culturally different part the vast region: bassist, occasional pianist, and chief composer Adi Darmawan is from Madura, drummer Gusti Hendy is from South Kalimantan and guitarist ...

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Dwiki Dharmawan: So Far So Close

Read "So Far So Close" reviewed by Dave Wayne

With the release of So Far So Close by keyboardist Dwiki Dharmawan, MoonJune Records continues their inconceivably fruitful collaboration with the cream of Indonesia's jazz crop. The first non-guitarist to be featured as a leader on the label, Dharmawan nevertheless drafts countrymen (and label mates) Tohpati and Dewa Budjana to provide 6-stringed excitement, while US-based superstars ...

Tesla Manaf: Tesla Manaf

Read "Tesla Manaf" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The beneficiary of free-range musical knowledge gleaned from his father's record collection---one which included discs by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Gentle Giant, Pat Metheny, and Soft Machine--guitarist / composer Tesla Manaf has subsequently developed a completely unique musical voice. Perhaps more importantly, he's a daring young fellow who's not afraid to take artistic chances. Classically-trained, he tired ...

YK Samarinda: Jazz for Borneo

Read "Jazz for Borneo" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Ethnic fusion jazz is a term that has gained currency in Indonesia in recent years and is typically applied to bands who incorporate elements of Indonesian folk music--melodies and/or instrumentation--into a jazz-fusion aesthetic. The four-piece YK Samarinda from East Kalimantan, Borneo, falls into this broad category; its use of the sapeh (or sampeh)--a traditional lute originally ...

simakDialog: Live at Orion

Read "Live at Orion" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

There's a lot to be said for possessing a signature sound and style these days, regardless of genre. But the cunning Indonesian jazz fusion outfit simakDialog have gradually imprinted a deep-rooted mark of authenticity on the global fusion and progressive rock circuits. Recorded during the band's 2013 US tour which concluded at Orion Studios in Baltimore, ...

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Tohpati: Tribal Dance

Read "Tribal Dance" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Nascent Indonesian guitarist, Tohpati strikes again with his third album and second trio date, greatly benefitting from the all- universe rhythm section of drummer Chad Wackerman and bassist Jimmy Haslip. Here, the artist coexists in that sacred space of high-octane power trios, assembled by progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar warlords, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Allan ...

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Tohpati: Tribal Dance

Read "Tribal Dance" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Indonesian composer, producer and guitarist Tohpati continues his march toward dominating the jazz-rock fusion guitar world with Tribal Dance. Written and produced by the guitarist, this electrifying Dance was recorded live in a Los Angeles studio then finished in Indonesia, and is credited to “Tohpati featuring Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman." Haslip and Wackerman previously worked ...

Different Shapes & Sounds: Solo, Trio, Small & Large Ensembles

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Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra
Pulsion
Ubiquity
2014

A musician friend whose opinion I greatly respect shared with me that he enjoys listening to Pulsion, the fourth release by the Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra (ALVO), in two layers: The frothy jazz-influenced horn, brass and string arrangements on top and, like a ...