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A comprehensive compilation selected by noted producer Lee Townsend, Yano Mori represents a series of works from acoustic guitarist Dusan Bogdanovic originally recorded for the Japanese based “M.A.” label. Essentially, Bogdanovic exhibits mastery of his craft while melding classical and eastern European folk melodies with jazz motifs and dashes of flamenco here and there amid his bright, sonorous presentation and distinctive phraseology. On pieces such as “Pastorale”, Bogdanovic’s majestic and thoroughly melodic themes are accented by Todd Garfinkles dainty utilization of bells while the guitarist dazzles with deft picking and rhythmic strumming which often equates to harmonious magnificence! Bogdanovic often integrates lush folk-ish melodies into weaving patterns and articulate soloing while purveying an overall style that crosses genres as the guitarist keenly harvests a unique sound. Bogdanovic also receives sympathetic support from guitarists Sharon Wayne, Miroslav Tadic, and percussionist Mark Nauseef on selected tracks.
Throughout, Bogdanovic utilizes extended notes to get his point across, or pursues odd-metered time signatures while conveying multi-dimensional frameworks and mind-bending artistry yet maintains focus on the composition at hand. Here, the listener may find his or herself drifting off into a peaceful void as Bogdanovic’s nimble fretwork, boundless creative spirit and distinctive voice casts a spell that imparts volumes of a deeply personalized vernacular... Recommended - * * * *
Dusan Bogdanovic; Guitar: Miroslav Tadic; Guitar. Mandolin (selected tracks): Sharon Wayne; Guitar (selected tracks): Mark Nauseef; Percussion (track 2): Todd Garfinkle; Producer of original tracks and Bells on track 6)
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.