Indonesian guitarist Dewa Budjana continues to demonstrate why he’s one of the finest guitarists in the jazz and rock scenes. He’s a prolific artist who has recorded and collaborated with some of the biggest names in the progressive jazz and rock fields.
Dewa Budjana has explored various musical genres in past albums. On Mahandini, he incorporates harder edged music. He rocks out throughout the album with a dazzling mix of progressive rock, jazz fusion, Indian vocal percussion (konnakol), transfixing Balinese traditional music and some hard rock.
His colleagues this time are multi-faceted keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani), and extraordinary Indian bassist and rising talent Mohini Dey.
The guests include the unmistakable vocals of rock star John Frusciante (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) on two tracks, fusion guitar virtuoso Mike Stern (Miles Davis, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Billy Cobham, Jaco Pastorius) and the enchanting vocals of Indonesian singer Soimah.
Dewa Budjana’s wide range of guitar sounds and techniques is truly impressive with masterfully-crafted melodies and solos, spectacular shredding and exquisite slide guitar.
Indonesian guitar wizard Dewa Budjana has released a free sampler digital download album titled ‘Postcard from Bali.’ The album includes an impressive cast of guest musicians from the jazz, fusion and progressive rock world: Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Johnson, Antonio Sanchez, Joe Locke, Ben Williams, Tony Levin, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Husband, Peter Erskine, Dave Carpenter, Bob Mintzer, Larry Goldings and some of the finest Indonesian musicians: Shadu Rasjidi, Saat Syah, Indra Lesmana.
Zentuary is a double album by guitar wizard Dewa Budjana. If you are into jazz-rock fusion you are probably with his name. Budjana has by now clearly demonstrated that he’s one of the finest guitarists in the progressive music field. In recent years he’s released a series of outstanding albums where appears accompanied by some of the best instrumentalists in the jazz, progressive rock and jazz-rock genres.
On Zentuary, Budjana continues to impress with his collaborations with the cream of progressive music. What makes Dewa Budjana one of the essential guitarists to watch is the fact that he’s a guitar master, a talented composer and an innovator, who has successfully fused the traditional sounds of Bali and other parts of Indonesia with state of the art jazz-rock.
The two discs present Budajana at his best, delivering scorching fusion pieces, laid back moments, spectacular and memorable guitar solos, wonderful interplay with his musical colleagues, and mesmerizing world music elements.
The lineup on Zentuary includes Dewa Budjana on guitars and soundscapes; Tony Levin (King Crimson) on electric upright NS Design bass and Chapman Stick; Gary Husband on drums, keyboards and acoustic piano; Jack Dejohnette on drums and acoustic piano; Danny Markovich (Marbin) on curved soprano saxophone; Tim Garland on tenor saxophone; Guthrie Govan delivers a guitar solo; Saat Syah on custom made Indonesian suling (flute); Ubiet on vocals; Risa Saraswati on vocals; and the Czech Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michaela Růžičková.