Dewa Budjana's music is the distillation of many diverse influences outside of the world of rock and pop, including the fusion music of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Soft Machine, and the Indonesian music rooted in his heritage.
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With a distinctively science fiction flavor, composer/bassist Ben Allison's latest The Stars Look Very Different Today follows a Star Trekian path to "... boldly go where no man has gone before."
The Bones of Art may well be the best trombone featured album since the seminal collaborations made by Kai Winding and JJ Johnson
When the crooner Giacomo Gates tackles a project, you never know what to expect, but you can pretty much take it to the bank that it will be both entertaining and interesting.
In listening to the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest offering Gamak, I am struck by the passion for experimental immersion that is present throughout the endeavor.
Make no mistake, despite some fine individual performances on the album, it is the leader Tom Harrell's vision that makes Number Five such a top-notch offering.
The saxophonist Donny McCaslin has been steadily adding to a body of work that is firmly establishing him as a powerful voice in modern creative music.
At the tender age of 29, trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire, has garnered a plethora of accolades and acknowledgements this year for his recent work.
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