The spectacular international debut of Serbian born and Barcelona (Spain) based guitarist, Dusan Jevtovic, is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, full of twists and turns that you never see coming. Am I walking Wrong? showcases moments of immense raw, explosive power, interspersed with swatches of playful dissonance, contemplative ambiance, riveting r'n'b-tinged grooves, authoritative rock vamps, and more. The tight, abundantly-capable trio confidently stride through an engaging set of original barn-burners that are as catchy and accessible as they are spellbinding and unpredictable. Dusan wastes no time in making it clear that he is a vastly accomplished player, with a host of brilliant tones in his arsenal. Armed with a vocabulary most players would kill for (Oz Noy or John Frusciante meets Robert Fripp, maybe? ...), this session cooks on high heat, providing fans of stellar guitar work – especially the die-hard "tone freaks" out there! – plenty of choice morsels into which to sink their teeth. Continually pushing the envelope throughout a set which features a stream of unique, intrigu- ing compositions, Jevtovic delivers the sonic goods with a style and flair that is mesmerizing; and his technique is flawless. Throughout this most enthralling of efforts, his axe work is anything other than what you might expect, but always brilliantly conceived and brilliantly executed. There are a ton of surprises lurk- ing – and they're all good!
Despite the songs' innate complexities and genre-blurring proclivities, his backup never fails to perfectly compliment affairs. (...and in terms of musical stylings, they cover a lot of ground here.) Clearly, this is Dusan's show, but wherever he ventures – and venture he does! – his band is always right there: perfectly in step with him. The structures and themes featured on this album are refreshingly unorthodox, sophisticated and compelling. The group handles tight corners effortlessly, and maneuvers assuredly around whatever obstacles get throw into their path. (...and, in that regard, there never seems to be a shortage: these guys just don't sit still for very long!) Odd time signatures, sudden mood swings and radical changes of direction abound, but all are handled with an unshake- able grace and radiant poise. Without question, this is a group of highly-skilled musicians with tremendous chemistry who aren't afraid to frolic anywhere; nor are they even the slightest bit hesitant or intimidated by any such prospects.
Beyond meeting the rigorous demands of building off of such an aggressive, ambitious set of musical blueprints, Dusan and company genuinely sound like they are having a blast. Even in their most tense, suspenseful moments, there is a sense of joy and inhibition that still manages to seep through. This is pro- gressive music at its most creative, and its most artfully- and skillfully-conveyed ... it just doesn't get any fresher or any more fun. With this fabulous release, Dusan Jevtovic has immediately cast himself as a vital, articulate new voice on guitar – undeniably world-class, but nearly impossible to categorize or pigeon- hole. His style and voicings are not confined by genre, or even hampered by preconception, but wreak of a level of excellence and an insatiable creative genius that most of his contemporaries can only hope to one day attain. With this fabulous release, Dusan Jevtovic has immediately cast himself as a vital, articulate new voice on guitar -- undeniably world-class, but nearly impossible to categorize or pigeonhole. His style and voicings are not confined by genre, or even hampered by preconception, but wreak of a level of excellence and an insatiable creative genius that most of his contemporaries can only hope to one day attain. Guitarists this profoundly original, spontaneous and gifted don't show up too often.
On this album Dusan Jevtovic is accompanied by Catalan fretless bass guitarist Bernat Hernandez (a well known on the local jazz and pop scene in Barcelona), and Serbian drummer, based in New York, Marko Djordjevic (“world class drummer” and “a true innovator”, as quoted by Modern Drummer Magazine, who has played on over 40 albums and has thousands of live performances to his credit with Matt Garrison, Wayne Krantz, Jonah Smith, Garry Willis, Bill Frisell, Lionel Loueke, Aaron Goldberg, among others, and who leads his own jazz band SVETI. Marko Djordjevic has recently joined other two NYC based musicians: Beledo on guitar and Clint Bahr, formerly of TriPod on 12-strings bass guitar, for another MoonJune’s project THE PLEBS, to record their debut album in early 2014.)
Dusan Jevtovic will actively tour in 2014 in Spain, territories of the former Yugoslavia, occasional festival in Europe, and above all, a short tour of the North-East USA with some new exciting recordings with NYC based musicians.
All compositions by Dusan Jevtovic.
Produced by Dusan Jevtovic.
Recorded in 2012 in Banyeres del Penedes, Barcelona and Aranys del Mar (Spain).
Mixed & mastered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2013.
Executive production by Leonardo Pavkovic.