Great guitar centered fusion (with a pleasant Eastern touch) from Indonesia. Dewa Budjana clearly doesn't dislike being compared to Pat Metheny as he's playing with the Metheny rhythm section here! Shiny HD-offering, as you might have guessed by the album title...
Favorite track: Saniscara.
East meets West in a dynamic fashion!Like all good fusions,this one is seamless yet highlighting the dichotomy in styles.The addition of vibes gives this a very cool feel and is terrific.The skill level on display is exemplary as are the compositions;complex and mercurial.
Joined by a superb cast of marquee players, Dewa Budjana's new release (his 4th on MoonJune), "Hasta Karma," sets a new benchmark for modern progressive jazz excellence in the 21st century. With a vibe and feel more akin to that of a band with decades of experience together, Dewa and his stellar session-mates -- the legendary NYC vibraphonist, Joe Locke, and Pat Metheny Unity Group's rhythm core: the fabulous, articulate young upright bassist, Ben Williams, and the extraordinary maestro drummer, Antonio Sanchez -- create superlative atmospheric textures that transport listeners to destinations of soaring altitude. Augmenting proceedings further is the glowing work of the legendary Indonesian keyboardist, Indra Lesmana.
Showcasing his compositional and arrangement skills at their absolute finest, most finely-honed, Budjana has delivered his ultimate masterpiece in "Hasta Karma." Capitalizing on their extraordinary gifts, Dewa Budjana pushes the band, and his music, to new, unparalleled heights. Oozing quality at every turn and dripping emotion throughout, this is music that is supremely visionary, ambitious and majestic. ... and, perhaps in spite of its polish, it is undeniably straight from the heart.
All the players involved contribute some of the most convincing performances of their impressive careers, yet the multifarious displays of individual greatness never upstage the corporate sanctity of the musical moment. This is modern progressive jazz at its most sensitive -- and its very best.
released October 1, 2016
DEWA BUDJANA - electric & acoustic guitars, soundscapes
JOE LOCKE - vibraphone
BEN WILLIAMS - upright bass
ANTONIO SANCHEZ - drums
plus special guest: INDRA LESMANA - piano, melodica (tracks, 4, 5, 6)
Vocals on track 4 by Jro Ktut Sidemen
All compositions and arrangements by Dewa Budjana.
Produced by Dewa Budjana.
Executive producer Bagus Vijaya Santosa for Museum Gitarku, Bali, Indonesia.
Co-executive producer Dewa Budjana for Museum Gitarku, Bali, Indonesia.
International releases executive producer Leonardo Pavkovic for MoonJune Records.
USA release (CD only): MoonJune Records.
German release (CD + LP): F19 Freiland/Shack Media via MoonJune Records.
Japanese release (CD only): Gen Records/Vivid via MoonJune Records
Indonesian release (CD only): deMajors Records
Digitally distributed worldwide by InGrooves (iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody +)
HD 96kHz/24bit HD audiophile (FLAC, ALAC, MP3-320kpb): MoonJune Records' BandCamp
Recorded by Randy Crafton at the Kaleidsocope Sounds Studio in Union City, NJ on January 22, 2014.
Mixed by Robert Feist at Ravenswork Studio, Los Angeles in June & July 2014. Mastered by Robert Feist & Mark Fuller in July 2014.
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Just couldn't resist buying this double album for half the price - a generous offer by Dewa Budjana on the occasion of "Uncle Tony" Levin's 72th birthday. I already had "Home" in my collection, which is one of my all-time favorite fusion albums. So if you like fun-packed fusion with fancy compositions and a great deal of virtuosity, hurry up and purchase this album (and maybe more) today or tomorrow with the discount code you get as a follower of Dewa Budjana! Sven B. Schreiber