“SO FAR SO CLOSE” Dwiki Dharmawan

February 2, 2016

“SO FAR SO CLOSE” Dwiki Dharmawan

On his debut for MoonJune Records, the Indonesian iconic keyboardist, composer and producer, Dwiki Dharmawan, treats listeners to an exotic musical mélange of the highest order. Featuring fusion and progressive rock luminaries, Chad Wackerman, Jimmy Haslip, (and fellow MoonJune artists and Indonesian giants) Dewa Budjana and Tohpati, and as well the legendary violinist, Jerry Goodman. “So Far, So Close” features adventurous compositions, arrangements and performances.

Lovers of fusion’s “golden era” (mid-’70’s through the mid-’80’s) will find plenty to keep them enthralled throughout this sizzling session, as Dwiki and company never let off the gas while scaling high-altitude sonic terrain in effortless fashion. Recorded in L.A., by Jeff Lorber, and mixed and mastered by the renowned producer, Robert Feist, Dharmawan has covered all the bases and spared no expense in producing this “coming out party,” of sorts.

Despite a long, storied musical career which has been marked by large-scale successes and critical acclaim, worldwide, Dwiki remains constantly in search of new musical ground. His initial effort for MoonJune reflects that mentality, and is quite ambitious, and achieving, in its aims. “So Far, So Close” is an engaging and immediately essential progressive fusion album.