JBBlues – Cerah (a 2018 album review)

One of the things I’m usually asking my friends – and people from Indonesia I’m coming in the contact with – for are the recommendations for a good music from this nice country. And I’m so grateful for Slinky Bones’ (the vocalist of The Melting Minds, just in case you’ve missed the fantastic interview with him) recommendations! Thanks to him I now have a pile of great musik Indonesia to enjoy!

I’m trying not to waste any time, as I can’t listen to music during the day (except my bus riding jams), but because it’s evening after a busy day at work, I’ve decided to take it easy – today asks for some blues, ladies and gentlemen. So, would anyone object against JBBlues?

Well, JBBlues, or Jero Beteng Blues (Band) is a Yogyakarta band playing…now, guess, what? Yes, you’re right! Glad to have such bright readers!

Cerah is an album from 2018 from this interesting ensemble, containing 8 blues (you’ve guessed it, right?) tracks filled with fantastic atmosphere and an abundance of brass instruments – in case you don’t like Adrian Adioetomo’s take on blues (anyone? No one? I’ve thought so) and you prefer your blues with all the bells and whistles, JBBlues comes to rescue.

From the relaxing, feel-good opener “First Mood”, through the classic blues tune (and my favourite) “Blues Train” and the almost 10-minutes long blues dessert “Bersyukurlah!” with Yohanes Saptanugraha, to the final energy booster “Cerah”, this album breathes the good vibe into the ears of anyone listening.

There’s not a single track which one would say it’s boring, so as long as the blues says something to you, you’re going to enjoy this almost 50 minutes long album.

As for the favorites, definitely “Cerah”, “Blues Train” and “Bersyukurlah!”, but I’ll put it this way – this saxophone rules. No need to add anything here.

Actually, I am wrong – I need to add this: Bands like JBBlues need to be known more. Here, I’ve said it again.


Rudolf Schütz

I am the founder/owner and editor-in-chief of the Rubber Axe webzine, the underground/overground cultural publication, publishing also this website dedicated to all things Indonesian. I'm a happily married guy with 2 kids and a fantastic wife, and I'm a relentless discoverer of all things cultural and culinary. An everlasting dreamer and idealist.

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