Sunday Jazz has reached the 22 edition in Potluck Kitchen and still running. It’s something we all should be happy for, but certainly it’s not an easy journey. KlabJazz and Potluck Kitchen managed to keep the show on up until now with everything they can. It all began with a 60 minutes solo performance, but later on it kept on getting bigger to accomodate 5 to 6 bands for each edition. This regular jazz community event is also appears in wide variety. If you come to at least one show, you will notice that jazz indeed is a big family. There are so many types of jazz existed today, from the smooth relaxing to the complex and complicated ones. With this wide array of jazz, it’s kind of impossible if you still can’t find any style that suits you.
In almost all episode we got one or more guest(s) from Jakarta and beyond. This is one of the advantage of jazz community’s existance. Not only it can keep socializing jazz in the city, but it can also provides a place for fellows from other cities to meet the fans. Almost all bands from Jakarta stated their excitement of playing in Bandung. “The Bandung jazz crowds are amazing! They can enjoy even the complex ones and also very responsive!” said one of the jazz musicians from Jakarta to us a while ago. Yes, that comment reflects the Bandung jazz scene today. Jazz has been doing great lately in this capital of West Java. Look at the number of attendances for this edition. It was fully crowded, so crowded that even the musicians found it difficult to sit before and after their play. It’s our job now to keep this fire burning. Not only the musicians, but the media, the event organizers and of course you, all the jazz fans can contribute in the mission to bring jazz into the position it really deserves.
This XXII edition presented 6 bands. 5 of them came from Bandung consists of the emerging young bands and even the newly shaped. D’Sas, Cameo, Tulus, RTF3 and Forsure were the Bandung representatives. They all brought different sides of jazz, from groove, crooning, straightahead, fusion and also a sub genre that we don’t hear often, the third stream brought by the newborn group Forsure. Third Stream is the kind of music that’s located halfway between jazz and classical. Both these music types came from different eras, but we have noticed that there are times when classical disciplines got integrated with jazz even back in the day when jazz was born. Later we can trace the evidence through the Eropean Jazz including the ECM. Adopting this concept won’t be easy since the musicians have to be proficient in both worlds, that’s why we were excited when we heard about one group who dare enough to play this concept.
From Jakarta we have a band with dangerous dose of funk, Mr Funkenstein. They are considerably new, but they already have a clear concept. What they play is the vintage funk that we don’t hear so often anymore in our today’s music trend. We can’t deny that there were times when we really missed this kind of vintage funklines, but now we have Mr Funkenstein who’s up for it. They already have their own songs and look forward to make a recording. Before that, they came to reintroduce this music to all the jazz fans in Bandung. The former drummer of Notturno, Cak Hend is sitting in the same position for Mr Funkenstein. We’ll talk more about it in the next paragraph, as this group was the first band to open the Sunday Jazz @ Potluck XXII.
Roll up the curtain, here we go! Mr Funkenstein started the whole show with complete team: Cak Hend on drum, Shalyane Sudarsono on keyboard, Yudha Gautama Putra on saxophone, Rakhmad Demank Utomo on bass, and Andri Brendley on guitar. Without further due, they started strong with taking John Coltrane‘s “Equinox” rearranged in New Orleans funk. The second song was “Jeep on 35” popularized by Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood. Next up was Medeski, Martin and Wood’s song,”Chubb Sub”, which interestingly re-arranged into reggae funk. “Ideofunk” by John Scofield became the last song of them. This band represented the retro funk in rising the whole cover songs to the top. It was great to know more deeply about funk jazz which may not too popular among the youngsters. This is why we are glad to welcome Mr. Funkestein that they are expected to give lotta new tunes in purpose to familiarize this traditional funk.
Cak Hend explained to us more about the band and the concept. “We are very happy to be able to play in KlabJazz’ event, a community that’s always been consistent with jazz. Now is our chance to introduce what kind of funk we’re in.” he said excitedly. If you see their songlist you might be able to know their source of inspiration. “Yes, we are influenced by funk bands/masters such as Medeski, Martin and Wood, John Scofield, Larry Golding and Joey DeFrancesco. I know, many youngsters might be unfamiliar with these names, but at least let us be the alternative among so many other genres in jazz.” said Cak Hend. When he played in Notturno he digged the avant-funk deeply, now with this band he promised to play more traditional funk with bass and drums rhytmic, the harmony between organ and guitar, and will also let Yudha run wild playing his saxophone with sound effects in some solo parts. Yudha really surprised us by showing that he actually can be as wild as Coltrane and the likes too if he has to. This is what we experienced in their performance at the Sunday jazz @ Potluck XXII. In short sentence, they are ready to bring the infectious high dose of retro funk. They have just begun, believe us that you will hear their names more often in the near future. We are right behind you, Mr Funkenstein! Keep funkin’ high!
Cameo started with four members then grew into five talented youngsters. This was their first appareance since last year for KlabJazz. After several delayed show because of campus activities, now they were back again with Desal Sembada as drummer, Ridwan Rachmadan as keyboardist, Khrisna Alda Radiansyah as bassist, Billy Ramdhani as saxophonist and Prasidhi Artono as guitarist. The fellows slapped our consciousness with their first song “Titik Awal” originally written by Indro Hardjodikoro energetically. Mood is slowed down in second number with domination on keyboard and saxophone in Hiromi Uehara’s hit “Time Out”. Thirdly, “Epoca Del Sol” by Akira Jimbo and continued to Joshua Redman’s “Jazz Crime”. “Vuelo” by Dave Weckl Band was played for the last tunes. Fusion is the speciality of Cameo that we can listen strongly throughout the stage act. They were good back then, they are still excellent now. Hopefully they can manage the time to keep playing as a band, because we know they have a bright future if they keep the consistency in practicing and playing.
As the third performer of Sunday Jazzy noon came a groove band which was established in January 12, 2009, D’Sas. D’Sas has two vocalist consists of Yuyu Yuliawati and Rizky ‘Ono’ Fedriansyah. , Tegar Pradana on guitar, Taufik ‘Opik’ Rochman on rhythm guitar, Muhammad Ilham Ashari on drums, Muhamad Fachri Dwipraja on bass, Alfaris Dovy Agustra as the sound programmer and in addition, Bhisma Jaya of Soulution on keyboard. Unfortunately Rizky couldn’t make it for this time, so he was replaced by another Soulution personnel, the vocalist Markus Ariofandi.
Lotta member of the band grooved up the stage with “Dahulu” a huge hit by The Groove, and then they sang their own love song, “Katakan Padaku”. and Markus seemed so communicative with the listeners, something that he already showed us when he was in the audition for Kampoeng Jazz 2011 several months ago. D’Sas carried on with a mellow tune “Andaikan”. A cover of Prince‘s “The Most Beatiful Girl in the World” was brought in medley with Glenn Fredly‘s “Cukup Sudah”, before Yulia introduced the members one by one. Once again they carried their own creation, “Bidadariku”. Groove still is the most wanted melody among the young folks. Since D’Sas is into this kind of pop jazz, they can dream big for a bright future. With their ability to make their own songs and the fact that they are still young, we sincerely hope they will fly higher in jazz air.
Forsure turned out as the later band after pray call, parted into Edward Manurung as drummer, Oktavianus Markus Tondatuon as keyboardist, Samuel as electric bassist and Sandi as guitarist. The whole tracks were their own product. First was Markus’s life story poured forth into “Perjalanan”. European jazz or more specifically the third stream was the theme of this new but surprising band. “Wanita” inspired by Markus’s mom served after. By and by “Fellowship” and following with “Masa Depan” delivered to the audience. Thereafter, “Hadirmu” a song about Markus’s child and they closed their attainment with “Seperti Rajawali”. One of the crowd said a compliment, “Hearing Foursure is like listening to CD.” It was meant to describe how solid and clean they played on stage, and should be considered as a sign that people are expecting more good work from them. Keep it up, Forsure!
Next was Tulus. This giant crooner came up to the stage with his special big chair. He was accompanied with the Aru bros: Arifandi “Ari Aru” Renaldi on drum, Rudi “Rudi Aru” Zulkarnaen on contra bass, and their youngest sibling Rinonardi on keyboard. He nicely opened the act covering his fave woman singer, Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” then a classic jazz, “But for Now” catch on by Jamie Cullum. “Diorama” as an admirable closing told about a condition when we regret things but we can do nothing because of the obedient custom. This is his original, and we can get this single on youtube and his official website. What a charming act by Tulus! A teaser from Tulus, for a year he has prepared a solo album which produced by Ari Aru. He wrote all songs himself and there will be a single showcase in CCF Bandung on September 28th. It will be a worth gig to wait.
We have met him 2 years ago when he was still the vocalist of Sikuai, but now his singing voice is softer and better than ever. We don’t have so many crooners in Indonesia right now, so Tulus can actually use this moment to go into the fame. We are happy to see his progress, and certainly hope to see more of him.
The last performing band was RTF3, a new band with well known Bandung musicians. RTF3 formed of Rudy Zulkarnaen on electric bass, Tesla Manaf Effendi on guitar, Fuad Rudyan on drums. We were worried since Tesla had just did something crazy just several days earlier. Last Tuesday he decided to march by foot from Bandung towards Jakarta as the final destination. That was like a suicidal act since the distance are about 130 km far! He failed to do so, but hey, he managed to reach 30 km by walking. That’s an achievement he should be proud of. Keeping up his promise, he came and ready to play. Holding Pat Metheny as the theme, they smashed in with “H and H”. Ensuing was Pet Metheny Group’s “Better Days Ahead”. Their doing “(Go) Get It” as the third presentation, after that we listened to Pat Metheny’s “James”, and was closed by “Oam’s Blues”. This group brought the delicious straight ahead as one of the standout Modern Jazz style, where bebop, hard bop and other closely related subgenres are in the same pocket. With this challenging straight ahead, the Mostly Jazz XXII reached the end.
As we can see this time many kind of people came by. Granny, youth, and toddler, came together to spend their time hearing jazzy tunes and some of them came by to see and support their beloved friends who performed in Sunday Jazz. In our record, it was one of the most crowded Sunday Jazz @ Potluck. This arise a question: can we manage to keep the same atmosphere for the next shows? Being optimist we would say, yes. But we all have to know our role in this progressing jazz movement first. For the jazz lovers, you can give your blessings and support by at least attending the event. Back to this edition, it was a lovely ambience to enjoy! Potluck itself always gives the best they can to serve a comfortable zone for the jazz lover, while KlabJazz has been giving up its best efforts in running this event regularly. It’s a nutricious collaboration that we hope to continue for more years to come. Never give up on the good thing guys! Lets catch up again in the next Sunday Jazz!
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Reporter: Mellysa Anastasya, Muhammad Fadhly
Photographer: Marnala Eross Simanjuntak
Editor: Riandy Kurniawan