It was October 2011 when I went to Jazz Goes To Campus Festival in University of Indonesia. It’s my first time going to a jazz festival and I went to there without any definition about jazz. Honestly, I thought jazz is something like rap :|
In that festival, the first performance I watched was The ExtraLarge. A pop band which use tilt chord (well, it is my own term before I know bluenote). But who made me interested in jazz was Barry Likumahuwa. It was my first time listening improvised music which use bluenote in almost part of it. After that day, I became so curious about jazz music. I began searching Indoneisan jazz musician in internet and started to listen their works. And then I also try listened to so many international jazz musician from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis.
Before I listened to jazz, I enjoyed rock and pop music. So, my feel on jazz is so influenced by how I feel on pop and rock music. I mean, when I just started listening to jazz, it’s better for me to listen at jazz with many similarity with pop rather than listening to non-fusion classical jazz.
Well, that is how I started my new observation in music. Slowly, in the passage of time, my music sense get a lot of change. I started wonted to listen bebop, swing, and also free jazz in so long duration. Watching jazz concert video is so helping too. Limiting my eyes to just looking at a thing makes me can concentrate my hearing and enjoy the flexibility of jazz.
My music sense was shifted more and more. Jazz made a vision in my mind. It makes me think what great music is. It makes me think how shallow the pop music. Jazz makes me think that creative music is a music that is improvised in melody and rhythmic.
And finally, here I am. A person who listen to jazz in every situation :)
Indro Hardjodikoro is an Indonesian bassist. He is also a figure who gives big impact to Indonesian jazz scene in this last two decades. He and his band, The Fingers, have released three album and also have performed in Music Town Festival in Russia (2012).
"Cerita Baru" (New Story) is his newest album released in 2014. This album is a continuation from his previous album in 2010, "Feel Free". From those album, Indro wants to tell us about his story as a musician. Cerita Baru is about his journey in this last four years. The album ranges from ballad to upbeat, but all have its own story and messages.
This song is taken from Indro’s “Cerita Baru” album and tells us a story about long distance relationship. Well, when I listen to this song, I just thinking about a separated couple who is thinking each other while looking at the moon.
Have you ever thought of me when you looked at the moon, Miss Kurokoucha? :’3
I really impressed by a young Indonesian jazz musician from my generation. He is Gerald Situmorang, a productive guitarist who born on 31 May 1989. So far, Gerald has recorded five album with five different music group. His first album, Oddventure (2012), was recorded with Hemiola Quartet, his band group together with Dimas Pradipta (drum), Kevin Yosua (bass) and Gabriella Sava (piano). Then, in this year, he released Time Is The Answer, his latest trio group album with Ankadiov Subran (bass) and Jessiliardus Mates (drums).
"P & L" is a song from Gerald’s latest album. This song is a tribute for Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays. If you ever listened "Leaving Town" or "James" by Pat Metheny, you will recognize that this song is really so influenced by Pat Metheny works.
Indonesian guitarist Oele Pattiselanno has been a 68 years old grandfather, now. He was born from musicians family and then he became one of Indonesian jazz founder. His guitar skill has made him become an international jazz musician. In 1992 and 1996, Oele was invited to performed in North Sea Jazz. Later in 2000 and 2001, Umbria Jazz and Word Pot Jazz gave him chances too.
This song was taken from his old album, Plays Standards, which has been produced in 2006 and be remastered in 2014. In this album, Oele plays with four Holland musicians. There are Marius Beets (acoustic bass), Peter Ypma (drums), Erick van De Lutj (acoustic piano), and Ab Schaap (tenor saxophone) supporting Oele in this album.
"I Love You". Composed by Cole Porter and rearranged by Oele Pattiselanno. A bebop song to start your day. Enjoy :)
Every anime fans must know about Yuki Kajiura very well. Her music works have been used as soundtracks in so many series and movies. In my own opinion, Yuki Kajiura’s approach in music is not ordinary and is really unique. She gives variate genre style in her touch form latin to classic, from Japanese traditional to Arabic style, covering her pop frame.
Miss Kurokoucha is a great fan of Yuki Kajiura who doesn’t do any jazz work. So, when I know that Rasmus Faber has turned a few of Yuki Kajiura’s songs to jazz, I think it should be great and I wonder if Miss Kurokoucha will love the arrangements.
This song is used in Black Butter’s soundtrack. Next time, I will post the other Rasmus Faber’s arrangements which is done for Yuki Kajiura’s songs.
Yeah, I know it’s very late to say “Happy New Year”. So, in this my first update on 2014, I choose to post a song from an Indonesian legend jazz band, Bhaskara.
When I know the story of Bhaskara band for the first time, I was startled and couldn’t believe easily that this band is from Indonesian. Their first formation on 1985 (Kiboud Maulana on guitar, Perry Pattiselanno on bass, Karim Suweileh on drums, Abdullah Suweileh on percussions, and Luluk Purwanto with her violin play) have played a really successful performance and made North Sea Jazz Festival astonished.
Their success in the last year festival made them been invited again in North Sea Jazz 1956 with their new formation (Djoko W.H. on guitar, A.S. Mates on bass, Bambang Nugroho on piano, Didi Hadju on keyboard, Udin Sach on saxophone and the rest is just same as their old formation).
This song was taken from their first album on 1986. This album was sold more than 75.000 copy, a really fantastic achievement for a jazz album in Indonesia. I do love many tracks in this album, but to celebrate a new year, here is “Life Is Too Short To Worry”.
After released his newest solo album via Monjune Records on June 2013, Dewa Budjana just got another recording session immediately to create his first Christmas album which have been released on last November.
Not only played by his usual band members, many musicians from jazz and pop screen was involved too. There are Mike Mohede, Glen Fredly, Sofia Malika, and also Barry Likumahuwa filled some tracks as featuring artists. And in this track, you can hear the voice from legendary Indonesian jazz singer, Margie Segers.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, And folks dressed up like Eskimos.
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe, Help to make the season bright, Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow, Will find it hard to sleep tonight.
They know that Santa’s on his way. He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh And every mother’s child is gonna spy To see if reindeer really know how to fly.
And so I’m offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you.
They know that Santa’s on his way. He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh And every mother’s child is gonna spy To see if reindeer really know how to fly.
And so I’m offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas to you.
Really love the lyric which was created by Mel Torme. It’s show me that kind of moment from a peacefully Christmas season.
I don’t know the real title of this song, but in Children of Fantasy album by Indra and Jack Lesmana, this song was titled with Coronado. I ever heard the same song in one of Stan Getz’s album and I’m sure Coronado is not the title.
This is one example for Indonesian bebop song from 1980s with Jack Lesmana on his electric bass played with his 14-years-old-son Indra Lesmana on the piano. Another Indonesian jazz legend in this song is Karim Suweileh with his drums play. This rhythm section is a perfect combination with the melody which was made by James Morrison by his trumpet.
I love this recording so much. It’s always make me energized and feel grateful. And I think, this song is a right choice for you to start your day. Enjoy ;)
Born on 1939, Edward “Butch” Warren start his career in local cafe in Washington D.C when he was 14 years old. He started appearing his first recording with Kenny Dorham and Tommy Flanagan in 1960. That recording was surely made his name risen and made his career began again as a sideman in many records with legend names in jazz such as Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, and also Thelonious Monk.
Butch seldom took various improvisation. His rare notable solo can be heard in his 2012 released album, Butch’s Blues.
Another college students’ band. XD 7 was formed by trombonist Jon Hatimaya and his friends when they studied at Manhattan School of Music. They are consisting in septet formation since began their career in 2012.
Although founded by college students, the band is not consisted by newbie members but experienced musician. Their pianist, Kevin Bernstein, has already performed with Herbie Hancock. Gabe Schnider the guitarist was Esperanda Spalding’s guitarist also in the past. And Jon Hatimaya ever been involved in Wynton Marsallis’ music project also.
Oregon was formed by Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Collin Walcott and Glen Moore as a college band in Oregon University. At first time, they played world music as Paul McCandless could play various woodwind include such as reed, bagpipes, and also ancient flute. Their world music became more interesting since Collin Walcott added Indian music elements in his percussion plays. Ralph Towner, the most versatile musician in the band, added folk genre in their music with his guitar, piano, and trumpet plays. And with bassist Glen Moore blend his jazz touch, it’s resulting Oregon’s original music style.
Aurora is one of their song recorded in Distant Hills album. The title was taken from the name of a city in Oregon. Not only representing jazz and world music, in this song they also plays an easy-listening-pop music.
Composed by Walter Donaldson, Makin’ Woopee has been recorded on various artists’ albums such as Songs For Swinging Lovers by Frank Sinatra, Sweet Songs For Swinger by Ella Fitzgerald, Big Dipper by Elton John, and many more. Gus Kahn wrote the lyric and made this song tells us a story about married life.
Art Tatum’s version in his Group Masterpieces album is my favorite one. In this track, Czaba Deseo has done a nice job too with his violin play. Personally, I prefer vocal-less music.
Am I blue Am I blue Ain’t these tears, in these eyes telling you How can you ask me “am I blue” Why, wouldn’t you be too If each plan With your man Done fell through
There was a time When I was her only one But now I’m The sad and lonely one…lonely
Was I gay Untill today Now she’s gone, and we’re through Am I blue
Gregory Page is a musician, guitarist, composer, and music producer from England. He has produced many music albums with different genres and styles included pop, rock, and country.
In his album titled “Am I Blue”, Gregory goes for New Orleans jazz too, as you could hear in this track which is settled as the first track in that album. He plays big band too in his 2012 album titled “Shine Shine Shine”.
You can hear all of his music project in his bandcamp site.
Talking about very personal music project, I just remember an album titled Dawai in Paradise. This album is Dewa Budjana’s first release in USA which the tracks were compiled from live separate recording between 2000 and 2011. Not only separated by time, the recording is also separated by space too. Several tracks in this album were taken in USA while the other were recorded lively in Indonesia. By this album, Dewa Budjana want to tell us his life journey.
Gangga is my favorite track in this album. Vinod Gangani’s vocal in this song was taken in India. I love Hindu-jazz so much even I go to church in every Sunday ;)
One of Indonesian pop music legend, Fariz Rustam Munaf, is an active old man too. He suffered from liver cancer in 1996 but still could release albums in 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2002. He is an 51 years old young man when he released his newest album in 2012.
Legendary drummer from Indonesia, Benny Mustapha Van Diest, playing Indonesian children song, Burung Kakak Tua, in quintet formation with Dony Koeswinarno (sax), Tiyo Alibasjah (guitar), Rene Van Helsdigen (piano), and Rudy Aru (bass).
Really an active old man. Benny Mustapha is one of Indonesian jazz founder generation alongside with Jack Lesmana (died in 1986), Bubi Chen (died in 2012), and Maryono (died in 1988). He is 74 years old, this year, when he was performing in Java Jazz 2013.
Heavy Weather is a legendary jazz fusion band alongside with Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Miles Davis’ Electric Band. Led by Joe Zawinul from the beginning and then became more popular since Jaco Pastorious joined the band, this band had done so many formation-changing in 16 years of their career.
Birdland is their biggest hit which is in the first track from their most successful album, Heavy Weather. So propulsive, danceable, and energetic, this song became a pop hit and later became a jazz standard.
Orange Pekoe is a fusion-jazz duo by Kazuma Fujimoto (in guitar and composing) and Tomoko Nagashima (performing vocal and lyric writting). They released their first album in 2002 and have been released eight albums so far.
Kazuma said that their music have been so much influenced by The Beatles and Stevie Wonder, although he play bossa nova and samba so well with his accoustic guitar. You can hear a piece of Nilton Nascimento’s style too within their songs.
Nowaday, they seldom to perform in duo formation, but frequently with additional band or in big band.
This is my favorite song from their first album. Enjoy your morning ;)
Another great pianist from past who has so much influence in modern music of Indonesia, Nick Mamahit. He learnt music in Amsterdam Music Conservatory and ever be a member of Van Der Capellen’s band called The Progressief.
"Di Bawah Sinar Bulan Purnama" (Under The Full Moon) is a song composed by R. Maladi. It was played in Javanese traditional music genre before Nick Mamahit rearrange its pop version to be included in his first solo album.
I thanks Nick Mamahit so much for his very-heart-calming arrangement within this song. It saved me from my own depression.
My breakfast this morning: Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo, a Hindi-jazz project between Buddy Sativa as composer and Onra as producer. They play straightforward-jazz with Hindi traditional rhythm and pentatonic scale from their ethnic instruments. Creating their music with no-rules-spontaneity rules, none of their song heard arduous yet so relaxing.
This song is an intrumental journey guided by a Brooklyn poet which is spoken by Aja Monet. You can hear some acid harmonization too in this song, but of course, they still keep it simple.
You’re in picture Perfect Gold Inside, you have it all You’re a faint sight of a coast One day we’ll have it all
When I feel sad you make it fine When I’m going out of mine When I feel sad you make it just alright
I’ve got a joke, but I don’t need it I’ve got a joke, and it’s called life
Your depiction of a soul In sight, you have things sown You’re a conscience and a wall A kept-in guiding toll
I feel sad when I feel fine I feel like going out of mine I feel sad when I feel just alright
Never mind, when you write “part of an ocean of lies” I campaign in my way out.
Sajama Cut is an unique indie-rock-band which have changed their personnel and their genre every released an album. Their first album which is titled Apologia was settled in trash-metal genre. Then they changed almost all of their personnel to make a slow-rock album called Osaka Journal. Their third album was composed in rogue-pop genre with so much synthesized sound and recorded in lo-fi concept. Marcel Thee, Sajama Cut’s bandleader, composer, and also lyricist, is the one who hasn’t been replaced. He also has an international solo project in experimental music screen called Strange Mountain.
In my own opinion, LLW is the best Indonesian fushion jazz trio founded by Indra Lesmana (piano and synth), Barry Likumahuwa (electric bass), and Sandy Winarta (drums). There is Barry with his funk bassline meet Sandy’s rich rhythmic which is taken from a lot of modern music genres, and then be leaded by Indra Lesmana’s rock-techno-jazz melody and chord. You will hear pieces from Return for Forever, Weather Report, and Incognito in their first album, Love Live Wisdom.
Right now I’m hearing Art Tatum’s solo collections and then I’m just thinking about Bubi Chen who was titled as Art Tatum from Asia by Willis Conover from Down Beat Magazine.
In this track which is defined as “Cradle of Love”, Bubi Chen was playing with the other legendary musician like Jack Lesmana (guitar), Ben Mustapha (drums), and Jopie Chen (bass). Sure, you will hear so much Indonesian music in this track.
Nasonang is a word in Bataknese means “So happy”. This is a contemporary-ethnic-song composed by Victor Hutabarat.
At the first time, Victor set so much minor chord and make this song become so sad. Then, Bill Saragih rearrange the jazz version of this song and make it so much energetic in his album, Sings ‘n Plays.
Nasonang do hita nauda (We are both so happy) Saleleng au rap dohot ho (as long as I’m with you) Nang rodi nasari matua, (till the old-age coming,) Sai tong ingoton hu do ho (I will still remember you)
Hupeop sude denggan ni basam (I know all of your kindness for me) Huboto tu au do roham (I know there is only me in your heart)
Nasonang do hita nadua (We are both so happy) Saleleng au rap dohot ho (as long as I’m with you)
Dave Douglas is a jazz trumpeter, composer, and band-leader who use so many music genre like classical music, folklore, and countries to enrich his music which is so much influenced by Ornette Coleman and John Zorn. He has 22 albums recorded so far as band-leader.
And now, I choose Unison from Dave Douglas Quintet’s Live at the Jazz Standard to start my grateful morning.
Ever heard any 8 bit music, before? It’s a kind of digital music which is created by using chip-tune, a set of electronic music synthesizer for vintage PC. 8 bit music was usually used for game soundtrack between the 1970s and 1990s. Now, 8 bit music still has its own fans and still popular to be used by bedroom music producer.
Surasshu is one of 8 bit sound designer in this era. Accompanied by Aivi Tran with her piano-playing, they create such a really fresh modern-contemporary-music. Their collaboration work in The Black Box album has gotten so much success so far, sitting in 4th position in Bandcamp front page.
If your ears are hungry for fresh music or longing for 1970s game soundtracks, this song could be your breakfast, today ;)