Sven B. Schreiber
Since the "Happy-Birthday-Tony-Levin" give-away offer applies to all releases of Dewa Budjana, I decided to grab another one of his older items at a 50% discount. "Dawai In Paradise" turned out to be a good choice, because it's a wonderfully melodic fusion album with that unique and idiosyncratic Southeast-Asian folk touch, which was the trademark of Dewa Budjana's earlier work.
Favorite track: Caka 1922.
MoonJune Records is proud and pleased to present the incredible artistry of legendary world-class guitarist, Dewa Budjana. Renowned throughout his native Indonesia, his status as a maestro is well-deserved and immediately apparent.
Dewa's fifth solo album, Dawai In Paradise, explores his vast, diverse array of guitar stylings in a host of fresh, powerful, intriguing musical settings. A showcase of astounding, brilliant music is performed by a host of great musicians -- including Grammy-winning artists drummer Peter Erskine (Weather Report; Steps Ahead) and multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy (Bela Fleck & The Flectones), the renowned Indonesian jazz keyboardist and producer, Indra Lesmana, his Indonesian contemporary, celebrated pianist Ade Irawan, and the late legendary jazz bassist, Dave Carpenter -- with proceedings decorated beautifully by the Bali native's masterful strokes and deft touch.
Ranging from the bold and adventurous to the gracefully elegant, Dewa's playing bounces from the frantic urgency of a Fripp or McLaughlin to the organic intimacy of a Metheny or Towner with equal ease and fluidity. Previously unexplored waters are navigated with an adroit leisure, as his bountiful skills as both a composer and improviser are clearly on display. His international debut is chocked full of surprises, and it's elegance and repose belies the enormity of the album's ambition. This is progressive jazz and world music of the absolute highest order, and a "coming out party" for one of its best-kept secrets.
Dawai In Paradise is a celebration of life through music. Like the paradise of Dewa's native Bali, its beauty is equally compelling and awe-inspiring. It is a fitting -- and long-overdue! -- introduction to progressive music's world stage, for a guitarist whose style and artistry knows no bounds.
This is a soaring, majestic album, and an "instant essential" for all fans of world music, progressive jazz, and prolific, master-class guitar.
with VERY SPECIAL GUESTS:
DAVE CARPENTER: bass (Tracks 5 & 9)
PETER ERSKINE: drums (Tracks 5, 9, 10 & 11)
REGGIE HAMILTON: bass (Tracks 10 & 11)
HOWARD LEVY: harmonica (Track 9)
Recorded at: POS Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia (Tracks 1, 2 4 & 6); Coloseum Studio, Jakarta (Track 3); Temple Island Studio (Tracks 7, 8 & 12); and, Puck Studio, Santa Monica, CA, USA (Tracks 5, 9, 10 & 11).
Recording Engineers: Irwan Prasetyo (Tracks 1, 2 4 & 6); Jimmy Propaganda (Track 3); Dan Pinder (Tracks 5 & 9); Riza Arshad (Track 6 Piano recording); Dewa Budjana (Tracks 7, 8 & 12); Rich Breen (Tracks 10 & 11).Mixed by Indra Lesmana at Inline Studio, Jakarta in 2011, except track 9 (by Moko @Brotherland Studio, Jakarta, and tracks 11 & 12 by Stephan Santoso @ Slingshot Studio, Jakarta).
Mixed by: Indra Lesmana at Inline Studio, Jakarta in 2011, except: Track 9, by Moko, at Brotherland Studio, Jakarta; and, Tracks 11 & 12, by Stephan Santoso, at Slingshot Studio, Jakarta.
Mastered by Indra Lesmana, at Inline Studio, Jakarta in 2011.
Dwiki Dharmawan's brand new album (2018). Drawing from both his extensive jazz influences and his rich cultural heritage, the Indonesian piano maestro delivers yet another spellbinding masterwork! Dewa Budjana
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Another gem from Indonesia - er, well, from London, mostly ;-)
Indonesian keyboard master (here just on piano) is joined by some fellow countrymen and kind of MoonJune's usual suspects.
Stylistically a wide ride, from gamelan over Canterbury to klezmer-like things. Too quote MoonJune Records: It must be Jazz ;-) Carsten Pieper