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've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.