13

Dewa Budjana (with Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta): Surya Namaskar

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Dewa Budjana (with Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta): Surya Namaskar For his seventh solo release, Indonesian guitar master Dewa Budjana garners support from the all-universe rhythm section of Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and Jimmy Johnson (bass). Many of these works equate to a concentrated focus on song-forms, largely comprised of tuneful themes and elevated with a guts and determination modus operandi. Budjana presents the best of both worlds within a jazz rock and jazz fusion realm, where rich melodies and a dynamic slant offer a platform that resonates loud and clear.

The band's assertive attack rules the roost, other than a few ballads where Budjana displays a soft touch via harmonious balladry atop pulsating rock grooves. When soloing, his climactic buildups are frequently culminated with a torrid aerial assault, tinted with various distortion techniques and sustain mechanisms. Hence, the guitarist doesn't let us keep our guards down, even during many of the softer, textual motifs. Then again, Budjana generates an authoritative command and control persona as the rhythm section generally kicks matters into tenth gear on the stormier opuses. For example, on "Capistrano Road," his soul-searching lines are contrasted with seething upsurges. Elsewhere, Budjana's blistering legato phraseology would seemingly raise anyone's blood pressure.

"Kalinga" is a glaring specimen of Budjana's astute composing skills as he broadcasts his Indonesian roots with tangy notes and fuzz-toned treatments. It's an enchanting piece, brimming with pummeling rock beats, airy thematic forays, and his complex unison lines with Johnson. Thus, a mystical encounter that proposes a beauty and the beast mindset, given the lush storyline, merged with ferocious performances. Other comps are engineered upon somber acoustic-electric choruses, and soundscapes designed with the guitarist's flickering jazz runs and of course, Colaiuta's polyrhythmic flurries and punchy backbeats. In sum, Budjana bridges the gap between hardcore shredding and a meticulous compositional pen. Indeed, a welcome digression from the archetypal fuzoid cutting contests.

Track Listing: Fifty; Duaji & Guruji; Capistrano Road; Lamboya; Kalingga; Campuhan Hill; Surya Namaskar; Dalem Waturenggong.

Personnel: Dewa Budjana: electric and acoustic guitars; Jimmy Johnson: bass guitar; Vinnie Colaiuta: drums; Gary Husband: synthesizer (1); Kang Pupung: tarawangsa (Sundanese violin) (5); Kang Iya: Kacapi (Sundanese harp) (5); Mang Ayi: vocals (5); Michael Landau: electric guitar (7).

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Moonjune Records | Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read Circles CD/LP/Track Review Circles
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Windmills CD/LP/Track Review Windmills
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Ugly Beautiful CD/LP/Track Review Ugly Beautiful
by David A. Orthmann
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Trickster CD/LP/Track Review Trickster
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 24, 2017
Read Caipi CD/LP/Track Review Caipi
by Geannine Reid
Published: March 24, 2017
Read United CD/LP/Track Review United
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 23, 2017
Read "Day By Day" CD/LP/Track Review Day By Day
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: January 16, 2017
Read "It's A Man's World" CD/LP/Track Review It's A Man's World
by Geannine Reid
Published: May 12, 2016
Read "Unspoken" CD/LP/Track Review Unspoken
by Andrew Luhn
Published: October 9, 2016
Read "Impermanence" CD/LP/Track Review Impermanence
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 17, 2016
Read "Kansas City Here I Come" CD/LP/Track Review Kansas City Here I Come
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: February 10, 2017
Read "Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny" CD/LP/Track Review Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 13, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!