: Dwiki Dharmawan: So Far So Close (2015)

January 16, 2016 : Dwiki Dharmawan: So Far So Close (2015)

With the release of So Far So Close by keyboardist Dwiki Dharmawan, MoonJune Records continues their inconceivably fruitful collaboration with the cream of Indonesia’s jazz crop.

The first non-guitarist to be featured as a leader on the label, Dharmawan nevertheless drafts countrymen (and label mates) Tohpati and Dewa Budjana to provide 6-stringed excitement, while US-based superstars Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman (also featured on Tohpati’s own stellar fusion set Tribal Dance, MoonJune Records, 2014) provide their huge—but not overwhelming—skill sets to the bass and drum chairs, respectively. Ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist Jerry Goodman sits in for one scintillating track; the soaring, searing, set-opening “Arafura.” It’s a shame he wasn’t on more of So Close So Far, but the remainder of this multi-faceted fusion album is certainly not a let-down or disappointment of any kind.