Dennis Budimir  

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Dennis Budimir (1938 – 2023) was an American guitarist. He was considered to be a member of The Wrecking Crew. He can be heard on compositions such as "Truth" from the album That Hamilton Man (1959)



Budimir learned to play piano and guitar in his youth and first played professionally when he was fourteen years old. In Los Angeles in the mid-1950s he played in a quartet with La Monte Young, Billy Higgins, and Don Cherry. In the late 1950s he worked in the bands of Ken Hanna, Keith Williams, Harry James, and Chico Hamilton. In 1960–1961 he worked with Bud Shank and accompanied Peggy Lee, then entered into military service in 1961.

After his discharge in 1963 he toured Japan with Bobby Troup and returned to the Los Angeles area, where he played as a studio musician for the next several decades. He recorded in this capacity with Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters, Brian Wilson, Barbra Streisand, Ravi Shankar, Frank Zappa, Linda Ronstadt, Julie London, Dusty Springfield, Dave Grusin, Quincy Jones, David Axelrod, Lalo Schifrin, Marty Paich, Don Ellis, Gil Melle, Tom Waits, Harry Nilsson, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Johnny Mathis, Cher, and Doris Day. In jazz idioms he worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Milt Jackson, Stan Getz, Jimmy Smith in the 1970s and with Ray Brown and Johnny Mandel. He recorded with the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut in the 1990s. As a session player he also played on more than 900 movie soundtracks from the early 1960s until the 2000s.

Budimir died in January 2023, at the age of 84.


As leader

  • The Creeper (Mainstream, 1965)
  • Alone Together (Revelation, 1967)
  • A Second Coming (Revelation, 1968)
  • Sprung Free! (Revelation, 1968)
  • The Session with Albert (Revelation, 1972)
  • The Soul of Dennis Budimir (self-released, 2012)

As sideman

With The 5th Dimension

With Alessi Brothers

  • Alessi (A&M, 1976)

With Bobby Caldwell

  • Stuck On You (Sin-Drome, 1991)
  • Blue Condition (Sin-Drome, 1996)
  • Solid Ground (RCA Victor, 2013)

With Bill Conti

  • Rocky II (United Artists, 1979)
  • Blood in Blood Out (Varèse Sarabande, 1993)
  • The Right Stuff (Varèse Sarabande, 2009)

With Michael Feinstein

With Chico Hamilton

  • With Strings Attached (Warner Bros., 1959)
  • Gongs East! (Warner Bros., 1959)
  • The Three Faces of Chico (Warner Bros., 1959)
  • Chico Hamilton (Warner Bros., 1976)
  • Truth (Fresh Sound, 1979)

With Milt Jackson

  • Feelings (Pablo, 1976)
  • Soul Believer (Pablo, 1979)
  • Big Mouth (Pablo, 1981)

With Quincy Jones

  • The Hot Rock (Prophesy, 1972)
  • You've Got It Bad Girl (A&M, 1973)
  • Mellow Madness (A&M, 1975)
  • The Color Purple (Qwest 1986)

With Peggy Lee

With Jon Lucien

  • Song for My Lady (Columbia, 1975)
  • Premonition (Columbia, 1976)
  • Romantico (Zemajo, 1980)

With Henry Mancini

  • Symphonic Soul (RCA Victor, 1975)
  • The Cop Show Themes (RCA Victor, 1976)
  • Mancini's Angels (RCA Victor, 1977)
  • The Theme Scene (RCA Victor, 1978)

With Sergio Mendes

With Harry Nilsson

With Robert Palmer

With The Partridge Family

With Linda Ronstadt

With Tom Scott

With Bud Shank

  • Barefoot Adventure (Pacific Jazz, 1961)
  • New Groove (Pacific Jazz, 1961)
  • Bud Shank and the Sax Section (Pacific Jazz, 1966)
  • Girl in Love (World Pacific, 1966)
  • A Spoonful of Jazz (World Pacific, 1967)
  • Plays Music from Today's Movies (World Pacific, 1967)
  • Magical Mystery (World Pacific, 1968)
  • Let It Be (World Pacific, 1970)

With The Singers Unlimited

  • A Special Blend (MPS, 1975)
  • Feeling Free (MPS, 1980)
  • Feelings (MPS, 2007)

With others

Linking in at time of death

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