What an accomplished musician Uruguayan born Beledo is! Mostly known for his electric fusion guitar, he proves more than competent on acoustic, keyboards (incl. accordion) and violin, as well!
In Budjanaji he's joined by the great Indonesian guitarist Dewa Budjana which offers another colour to this excellent fusion album.
Favorite track: Budjanaji.
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Beledo's MoonJune Records debut, "Dreamland Mechanism," is a star-studded, multifarious affair. Supported by a cast of modern progressive jazz-fusion luminaries (featuring the likes of Gary Husband, Dewa Budjana and Lincoln Goines, for starters), the Uruguayan-born, NYC transplant guitar maestro puts not only his virtuosic guitar playing on display, but also his enormous talents on a variety of instruments (acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, violin, accordion, Fender Rhodes, Mini Moog, fretless bass guitar), in a session with more twists, turns and surprises than an Agatha Christie novel!
Equally showcased are Beledo's adept skills as a composer and arranger, as this engaging release covers the stylistic gamut in most convincing fashion. From intimate jazz, to blazing fusion, world music, and thematic prog at its most sublime and majestic, the album scales great sonic heights, while never idling in one place for very long. In his most ambitious undertaking to date, Beledo pulls out all the stops -- giving guitar aficionados plenty to rejoice over, while appealing to a much broader, diverse audience. He rocks with authority and conviction; he dances on air; he grabs the reins and gallops difiently over the edge.
This is an album destined to remain anchored in your rotation. Beledo serves notice that he is, indeed, a rare, precious and truly world class talent!
"Beledo is considered a real myth among Uruguayan music connoisseurs," according to El Pais newspaper from Montevideo, Uruguay. Piano was Beledo's first instrument, however, he became a guitar hero in his late teenage years captivating audiences in Uruguay and Argentina. Based in NYC area since the early 1990’s, Beledo has recorded and performed in his almost 4 decades of professional career with Ruben Rada, Hugo Fattoruso, Pedro Aznar, Gustavo Moretto, Manolo Badrena, Fernando Otero, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Joe Locke, Jeff Andrews, Gary Willis, Bill Berg, Rufus Philpot, Thierry Arpino, John Benitez, Jimmy Haslip, Jeff Berlin, Mauro Pagani, Gia Ionesco, Asaf Sirkis, Johnny Johnson, Lincoln Goines, Adam Holzman, Kim Plainfield, Mark Walker, Gary Husband, Dewa Budjana, Tohpati, simakDialog, Dwiki Dharmawan, Dale Barlow, Steve Thornton, Ivan Nestorman, Stefon Harris, Randy Brecker, Andy Middleton, David Fink, Jorge Camiruaga, Sean Wayland, Bakithi Kumalo, Anton Fig, Jonathan Joseph, Cecilia Tenconi, Richard Cummings, Morris Goldberg, Michael Bissonette, Miguel Cantillo, Jaime Roos, Gilad Atzmon, Richard Boukas, Ustad Shafaat Khan, Neil Alexander, Emedin Rivera, Rodney Holmes, Zhang Ling, Nguyên Lê and many more.
released August 31, 2016
Produced by Leonardo Pavkovic & Beledo.
Executive production by A Starry Night Music & Leonardo Pavkovic for MoonJune Music.
Recorded during the simakDialog's 2013 tour culminating with the gig at Orion Studios in Baltimore.On this 2cd the Indonesian psych-ethno-jazz band offers their own brand of inspired & spirited music Beledo
Dwiki Dharamwan is top musician from Indonesia and on this album he is accompanied by Jimmy Haslip, Chad Wackerman, Dewa Budjana, Tohpati and Jerry Goodman. Progressive jazz-rock-fusion at its best. Beledo
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Well, Tarasque is a bit, innit? But the whole album just has its own ... space ... universe? ... that it defines and owns. If you thought these musicians knew what the word "boundary" meant, think again. This is well outside.
Experimental jams. Gorgeous production. Peter Jones
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Mark Wingfield is always recommended listening for fans of Jazz or Fusion guitar (among the names usually dropped you'll find Alan Holdsworth, Terje Rypdal, Pat Metheny). Nevertheless, this isn't just pure Jazz. I seem to hear more traces of progressive rock than in his other recordings, but probably that's just an early impression... Carsten Pieper