LIGRO — Dictionary 2 (review)

LIGRO — Dictionary 2 album cover Album · 2012 · Fusion Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
kev rowland
I need to investigate how long it will take me to get to Indonesia from NZ, hopefully not that long, and while there I am going to go to Jakarta and make sure that I catch these guys at a gig. I know that Leo says that there is loads of untapped and unknown talent in that part of the world, but bloody hell! These guys are absolutely stunning! Agam Hamzah (guitars), Adi Darmawan (bass) and drummer Gusti Hendy formed the band in 2004 and this is their debut international release. Ligro when read backwards, means “crazy people” in the Bahasa (Indonesian national) language – but crazy signifying fearlessness and playful abandon.

Pick a song, any song, and prepare to be blown away by a trio that are so tight that it is impossible to separate them and just as you think that one person is the main player another comes along and makes you change your mind. Take “Stravinsky (with Bach intro)” for example. This commences as a solo exercise in bass dexterity and control before morphing into an arrangement of Igor Stravinsky's “An Easy Piece Using Five Notes: with Agam very much in control although he is pushed to the end by his colleagues in time. This is an incredible album, and proves that wonderful musicians can be found all over the world. This may not be a band that is known to many outside of their own country, but I sincerely believe that is going to change as here is a band that has the chops to rise to the top of their field.
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