The Soul of DENNIS BUDIMIR
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Wrecking Crew LA legend, Dennis Budimir needs little introduction this issue (see p28). Containing 11 instrumentals recorded in 2004/2005 and now remixed, The Soul Of Dennis Budimir is a great example of high-level musicianship that demonstrates both virtuosity and sophistication. The many years of red light situations with session bands and full orchestras is evident here as Dennis has a deep appreciation of how best to get the most out of a composition. With presentations of Brazilian music (Antonio Jobim classics), standards (I Remember Clifford) and classical (Schubert’s Ave Maria), Dennis’s nylon-string sounds sumptuous throughout. In particular, his plectrum-based tone is rich and vibrant as he coaxes extended chords and impressive bebop inspired lines that endorse his A-list reputation. Standout tracks include How Do You Keep The Music Playing (beautiful rhythmic phrases graced by light melodic ornamentation), the famous B Minor Adagio from Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez (outstanding articulation) and Johnny Mandelpenned A Time For Love (jazzy and bluesy lines with some bite). Before studio icons like Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour, there was Dennis Budimir. Check him out!