This is simply terrific! What a revelation...stunning fusion workout with everybody playing at 110%...exciting,surprising and,at times,just plain mind-boggling! There are so many great fusion guitarists from South East Asia (Nguyen Le led the way,I think) and they play with so much expression and freedom - incorporating their own musical traditions - it can only be a good thing for the music...this will get played a lot.
After a nearly three-year absence, the seminal Indonesian jazz and fusion guitarist Agam Hamzah, and his power avant-jazz-rock trio returns to the spotlight with guns blazing! Ligro's Dictionary 3 makes good on all of the promise suggested by their 2012 international debut on MoonJune Records, Dictionary 2 – finding the group in commanding form, delivering a soulful, ambitious effort that rocks with brute force and conviction.
Featuring a special guest appearance by the young Indonesian jazz keyboard prodigy, now based in Los Angeles, Ade Irawan (who was 18-year-old at the time of the recording), the album ventures to domains which highlight the amazing versatility, depth and unbridled sense of adventure that has become this multifaceted group's trademark. Highlighted by the sometimes-explosive, sometimes-syncopated, but always highly engaging rhythms of renowned players, bassist Adi Darmawan (one of the Indonesia's busiest and most in-demand bass players) and drummer Gusti Hendy (of the Indonesian mega pop-rock sensation Gigi), Dictionary 3 sees the band propelling each other to new musical heights, as they embark on a fresh journey that probes previously unexplored sonic terrain while keeping the accelerated mashed down to the floorboard!
released June 27, 2016
AGAM HAMZAH - guitar
ADI DHARMAWAN - bass guitar
GUSTI HENDY - drums
with special guest
ADE M. IRAWAN - piano (track 1)
Recorded in Jakarta in 2013 and 2014.
Mastered by Mark Wingfield in March 2015
If you like Janek Gwizdala you'll probably like this. It's heavier, the drumming is amazing but both the bass and guitar supporting are superb. A great way to get into Xavi Reija's music, if you haven't already. Peter Jones