Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New From MoonJune!

 
 
Indonesian Guitar Icon DEWA BUDJANA's New Album
 
 
 
 


DEWA BUDJANA - el. & ac. guitars 
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

All compositions and arrangements by
Dewa Budjana. 
Produced by Dewa Budjana.
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. 

Liner notes by John Kelman.
 
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Dear MoonJune Friends
this is a very special release of a very special friend, and one of my favorite artists today, Dewa Budjana.

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 Budjana 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. Hasta Karma is modern progressive jazz at its most sensitive – and its very best.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DEWA BUDJANA
Hasta Karma
featuring
JIMMY JOHNSON
VINNIE COLAIUTA
with special guests
GARY HUSBAND
MICHAEL LANDAU
 
 
 
 
DEWA BUDJANA
Joged Kahyangan
featuring
JIMMY JOHNSON
LARRY GOLDINGS
BOB MINZTER
PETER ERSKINE
with special guests
JANIS SIEGEL
 
 
 
 
DEWA BUDJANA
Dawai In Paradise
with special guests
PETER ERSKINE
DAVE CARPENTER
ERNIE ADAMS
HOWARD LEVY
REGGIE HAMILTON
and many more
 
 
 
 
ADDITIONAL RECORDING SESSIONS OF DEWA BUDJANA IN 2015