Dua Empat are Alvin Ghazalie and Misi Lezar (guitars), and Nesia is one of four singers on Dua Empat’s album. The others are Almira Joesoef, Cantika Abigail and Marini Nainggolan.

Alvin and Misi are both graduates from the Conservatory of Music in University Pelita Hapapan. Their soon to be released album features songs about the journey they’ve experienced together as musicians, as students,and their own relationship. Their compositions tell a story about love, hope, joy, and happiness, with their guitar accompaniment inspired by such jazz giants as Wes Montgomery and Russell Malone.

According to a small ad in today’s Jakarta Post, they will be appearing at Motion Blue in Jakarta on Tuesday March 28th. Their February shows in February were sold out.

Rice is the most important grain with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake, providing more than one-fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans. In fact, it is so important that this Wikipedia page has some 16, 631 words devoted to it.

It seems only natural then that there should also be many tracks in the IndoJazzia archives devoted to the grain. The first track is a 1969 pop song by the Lemon Pipers however, and is not about growing and eating it, but about the custom in America and elsewhere of throwing it over the heads of newly married couples as they emerge from exchanging their wedding vows. It’s not a wasteful action, though, as birds will soon descend and eat their fill.

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It’s the third day of the third month, so it’s time to march on with the monthly upload of topical tracks from IndoJazzia’s archives.

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01. Dave Brubeck – Three To Get Ready
02. Jim Hall – Three
03. Bill Frisell – Three
04. Andy Summers – Opus Three
05. Charles Mingus – Self-Portrait In Three Colours
06. Miroslav Vitous – Concerto In Three Parts
07. George Benson & Jack McDuff – The Three Day Thang
08. Keith Tippett Band – Three Minutes From An Afternoon In July
09. Riza Arshad – The Three
10. Slam Stewart w Errol Garner – Three Blind Mice
11. Michael Gibbs & Joachim Kühn – Three Angels
12. Neil Ardley – Three Poems
13. Yellowjackets w. Mike Stern – Three Circles
14. Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate – Three Postcards
15. Weather Report – Three Clowns
16. Magnus Öström, Dan Berglund & Pat Metheny – Ballad Three Part 1 of 2

Horace Parlan, a hard-bop pianist and composer with an angular yet gospel-infused style heard on albums by luminaries including Charles Mingus, Clark Terry, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Archie Shepp and others, and on numerous releases as a leader from the 1960s through 2000s, died Feb. 23 in Denmark. He was 86, and in recent years had been in a nursing home due to multiple ailments including blindness and diabetes.
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… at Gedung Kesenian, the historic venue in Jakarta, will be a bitter-sweet one as the life of Riza Arshad will be celebrated by a host of musicians and friends, including IndoJazzia. Groups will be ‘reformed’ and music from his extensive discography played.

This video is of the most recent incarnation of simakDialog, his vehicle for composition from 1992.


The lineup of sD tonight will feature most, if not all, of the former members, plus Sri ‘Aga’ Hanuraga, mentored by Riza and a member of Riza’s other groups W/H/A/T and Tuslah.

April 2, 1943 – February 19, 2017

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1969. Elementary Guitar Solo #5
1975. 11th House (at The Village Gate on November 10th 1975, streamed from Gordon Skene’s site Past Daily.)
1979. Mediterranean Sundance (w. Paco De Lucia, John McLaughlin)
1985. I Want You (Zakir Hussain’s Peshkar)

1994. Solar (Coryell – Vitous 4tet)
2004. Tricycles (w. Paul Wertico & Marc Egan)
2011. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (w. Kenny Drew, Jr.)

….and a tenuous link to Javanese gamelan.

A Bolero Dancer – Antonio Cabral Bejarano,1842

There can be few music lovers who are not familiar with Maurice Ravel and his Boléro. It is one of his most famous works, originally written as a ballet score commissioned by Ida Rubinstein, but now usually played as a concert piece. It was originally called Fandango but has rhythmic similarities with the Spanish dance form as described in this article, a genre of slow-tempo Latin music and its associated dance.

So where, you may be asking, does Javanese gamelan enter the picture? Eva Gauthier spent a few years in Java studying the music before the outbreak of the first World War in 2014 when she returned to New York. A mezzo-soprano, she included a few Javanese songs in her mainly classical (Ravel, Stravinsky et al) performance repertoire, and later, in 1923, was the first singer of jazz music in a concert hall. She loaned her Javanese notebooks to Maurice Ravel, her favourite composer, who had been enamoured with gamelan since the 1889 Exposition Universelle de Paris,

(You will find a compilation of Jazz for Eva Gauthier here.)

That connection from 1923 is all that’s needed to offer you this compilation of jazz versions of Ravel’s classic composition. It also seems perfectly obvious to start with the recording by Jacques Louissier, who is better known for his trio’s jazz interpretations of Bach.

The Half Quartet Jazz Duo’s very unique version was found on YouTube, whereas I have the jazz-fusion album by Toto Blanke’s Electric Circus. Jacob Karlson, on the other hand is besotted with Ravel, and the version you’ll hear comes from his album Piano Improvisations Inspired By Ravel.

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Mood Indigo was composed by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard for a radio broadcast in October 1930, and was originally titled Dreamy Blues.

It was “the first tune I ever wrote specially for microphone transmission,” Ellington recalled. “The next day wads of mail came in raving about the new tune, so Irving Mills put a lyric to it.”

And it was renamed …

… and became a jazz standard….

… which has been played and sung to the present day by, among others …

01. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Mood Indigo (1930)
02. Garland Wilson – Mood Indigo (1933)
03. Thelonius Monk – Mood Indigo (1955)
04. Sidney Bechet – Mood Indigo
05. Frank Sinatra – Mood Indigo (1955)
06. Ella Fitzgerald – Mood Indigo (1957)
07. Nina Simone – Mood Indigo (1957)
08. Louis Armstrong – Mood Indigo (1970)
09. David Grisman & Martin Taylor – Mood Indigo (1995)
10. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Mood Indigo

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[Note: I can’t date the Sidney Bechet or the Preservation Hall Jazz Band versions.]

In Indonesia there are some figures that without a lot of showy talk have contributed to the rise of a dynamic Indonesian jazz scene. Riza Arshad is widely recognised for his time, creativity, efforts and devotion to that cause.

A professional musician from the age of 15, Riza later pioneered many activities, such as workshops and curated evenings that gave room to the younger generation of jazz musicians to come to the fore. He worked tirelessly motivating them to create their own compositions and arrangements so that their music brought a special Indonesian colour to jazz music, not only here, but also worldwide.

A constant in his career has been the band which he founded in 1992, simakDialog. Constantly evolving, the group released seven albums, and played in countries as varied as Nepal and the USA. Local and international music critics and writers were universal in their praise.

Riza Arshad, our friend, teacher, and ‘brother in jazz’ passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Companions in the music world and various media have been working together to organise a tribute evening called ‘Simak Dialog: Riza Arshad Berkarya‘. This event will be held on Wednesday February 22, 2017, at Gedung Kesenian (Jakarta Arts Building) in Pasar Baru.

Performers:
•  simakDialog (Tohpati, Indro Hardjodikoro, Azfansadra Karim, Budhy Haryono, Adhitya Pratama, Endang Ramdan, Erlan Suwardana, Cucu Kurnia, Sri Hanuraga, Rudy Zulkarnaen, Mian Tiara)
•  W/H/A/T (Sri Hanuraga, Sandy Winarta, Indrawan Tjhin)
•  Tuslah (Sri Hanuraga, Azfansadra Karim, Elfa Zulham Syah)
•  Trio Gitar (Oele Pattiselanno, Dewa Budjana, Gerald Situmorang)
•  Trioscapes (Aksan Sjuman, Yance Manusama, David Manuhutu, Dony Koeswinarno)
•  Serambi Jazz Kolektiv (Mery Kasiman, Irsa Destiwi, Gerald Situmorang, Arnanado Putra, Rahel Pradika, Iwan Paul, Indra Bayu Rusady, Nicolaus Edwin, Ivan Nestorman)
•  Kroncong Tenggara (Ubiet, Dian HP, Dimawan Krisnowo Adji, Dony Koeswinarno, Jalu Pratidina, Adi Darmawan, Arief Suseno, Maryono)
•  Indra Lesmana Reborn (Indra Lesmana, AS Mates, Aksan Sjuman, Arief Setiadi, Iwang Gumiwan, Dewa Budjana)
MCs: Widyasena Sumadio & Otti Jamalus

If you’ve been to a mall recently you’ll already know that today is Valentine’s Day. So, what better excuse to put together different versions of the well known standard My Funny Valentine?


Wikipedia has this: My Funny Valentine is a show tune from the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Babes in Arms in which it was introduced by former child star Mitzi Green. The song became a popular jazz standard, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists.

In 2015 it was announced that the Gerry Mulligan quartet featuring Chet Baker’s version of the song was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry for the song’s “cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy“.

IndoJazzia has inducted the version of the song by the Gerry Mulligan quartet featuring Chet Baker, as well as Chet Baker’s version of the song on his album Chet Baker Sings into our compilation because they’re both good..As are the other dozen by, and in alphabetical order, Ben Webster & Teddy Wilson, Bill Evans & Jim Hall, Enrico Rava Quintet w. Pat Metheny, Frank Sinatra, Gary Burton, George Shearing, Lenny Breau, Mick Goodrick & Joe Diorio, Pat Metheny & Nils Landgren, Radka Toneff & Steve Dobrogosz, Shirley Horn, and Viktoria Tolstoy w. Esbjörn Svensson Trio.

To be honest, we think … nay, we know … that listening to fourteen versions of the same sentimental song is overkill. So why not download them all, choose your favourite version and sing along with one of them, either to your sweetheart or yourself.

My Funny Valentine
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable
Unphotographable
Yet you’re my favorite work of art

Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak
Are you smart?

But don’t change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine, stay
Each day is Valentines Day

Happy smooching one and all.

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