Bubi Chen and His Fabulous Five

This album by the most prominent Indonesian pianist Bubi Chen is noted by Rolling Stone magazine on the end of 2007 as one of 150 Best Indonesian Album. Thank to Rolling Stone magazine, I bought this long play newly on January 2008. Don’t imagine that this album is about mainstream jazz, but it is more likely jazz-chachacha playing famous songs composed by non-Indonesian composer. If you are truly jazz lover, you should have this historical album for Indonesia jazz history.*

Track list
Side one:
1. Begin the Beguine (Cole Porter)
2. Sakura (traditional)
3. Perfidia (A. Dominguez)
4. Come Back to Sorriento (De Curtis)
5. Moon River (Mercer-Mancini)
6. The World of Suzie Wong

Side two:
1. Torero (Carosone)
2. To Be or Not to Be (d’ Esposito)
3. Bali Hai (Roger Hammerstein II)
4. Nanatsu Noko (traditional)
5. La Paloma (Yradier)
6. Come Back to Me (Martin)

Album: Bubi Chen and His Fabulous Five
Musicians: Bubi Chen (piano), Jack Lemmers (guitar), AT Asni (drums), Sarono (bass), Nien (bamboo)
Producer: Irama Record
Liner note: Wienaktoe
Cover design: Pandji Kamal

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  • sarjono  On July 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Back in 1971, I had this record in my collection, inherited from my uncle who also loved Jazz.

    My favorites were “The World of Suzie Wong”, “Nanatsu Noko”, and “Bali Hai”, because they were not supposed to be Jazz, but Bubi Chen had succeeded in putting these into a nice melange of Jazz and Oriental music.

    If anyone has a digital file of those pieces, I’d be grateful if you can share.

    Thank you for visiting this blog. (KMN)

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