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 met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!