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!

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