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With Tohpati’s 3rd release (2nd as a trio) on MoonJune, recorded in Los Angeles in September 2013, we see the Beckian progressive metal riffing of 2012’s Tohpati Bertiga "Riot” supplanted by a pairing of compositional dexterity along with the unique guitar voice that is the essence of Tohpati, one of Indonesia's most famous guitar players.
Though there is no shortage of acrobatic axe-wielding on “Tribal Dance”, Tohpati’s democratic interplay with the formidable world class rhythm section of Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman is the real star here – creating a powerful synergy that gives voice to the whole of the music over its parts and delivering a richly rewarding listening experience.
Power chords, distorted spare note leads, chugging rhythmic grooves and nuanced jazz phrasings are all summoned up by Tohpati, as he locks in with Haslip’s dubmaster basslines and the rubber-limbed kitwork of Wackerman, creating tracks of infectious syncopation and of sufficient complexity to warrant a player recount. Aside from a few ambient vocal samples, “Tribal Dance” is an instrumental album, though many of Tohpati’s melodic guitar lead lines feel “sung” in both song context and in the expressive way in which they are played. This diversity of guitar voicings and textures, along with the enthusiasm and chemistry between the players, will keep this disc in heavy rotation. Fans of Jeff Beck, Wayne Krantz, Allan Holdsworth, Scott Henderson, Oz Noy, and, of course, the Indonesian guitar icon Dewa Budjana, will surely want to pick this up.
released August 18, 2016
JIMMY HASLIP bass
CHAD WACKERMAN drums
Recorded live in studio by Bob Horn on September 12, 2013.
at EchoBar Studios, North Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Assistent recording engineer Jones Roma.
Indonesian vocals on Rahwana: Pak Kompyang and Iwan Wiradz.
Additional sound samples on intros are from Tohpati Music library.
Track 8 recorded on March 31, 2014 at Tohpati Home Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Mixed and mastered by Eko Sulistiyo at Aluna Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia..
CD cover over painting by Saskia Gita Sakanti.
Photos by Pheren Soephandi.
The original album artwork by Melda VNH.
Indonesian piano icon Dwiki Dharmawan's latest album. 5 star review in DownBeat Magazine (Dec 2016), DownBeat's Top Jazz releases in 2016. Feat. Y. Stavi, A. Sirkis, N. Meier, M. WIngfield, G. Atzmon. Tohpati
Indonesian guitar icon, new 2CD with Tony Levin, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Husband, special guests Guthrie Govan, Tim Garland, Danny Markovitch, Ubiet, Saat Syah, Risa Saraswati, Czech Symphony Orchestra. Tohpati
supported by 236 fans who also own “Tribal Dance (feat. Jimmy Haslip & Chad Wackerman)”
Fantastic opportunity to get an impression what MoonJune Records is about (fusion, prog rock, avantgarde from all around the world, with a special spotlight on Indonesia ...). Many great artists to be discovered (mostly) and rediscovered (sometimes)!
Also, watch out for their special offers due to their 15th birthday (this is why, in short time, many other MoonJune albums will appear here ;-} ). Carsten Pieper
supported by 226 fans who also own “Tribal Dance (feat. Jimmy Haslip & Chad Wackerman)”
I missed out on MoonJune Records last Bandcamp Friday, oops! So, this weeks Dewa-in-nyc-campaign came as a nice reminder not to get sloppy supporting this valiant label/cause. I think the Indonesian guitar master's 2018 album was the last of his MoonJune works, that didn't make it into my collection but disappeared in the depths of the wishlist. Hereby fixed ;-)
His co-workers on this album are more of a (prog) rock crowd than the jazz cats assembled on his other MoonJune recordings. Carsten Pieper