SIMAK DIALOG — Trance/ Mission (review)

SIMAK DIALOG — Trance/ Mission album cover Album · 2002 · World Fusion Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
kev rowland


Formed in 1993, simakDIALOG were an Indonesian fusion band who released their first album as along ago as 1995, with ‘Trance/Mission’ being their third in 2002. Throughout their career their music centred around the soloing and fluidity of the keyboard player Ravid Arshad and guitarist Tohpati, combined with local Gamelan music to create something that was incredibly accessible to Western ears, yet also stayed very true to their roots. The fluidity and melody of Ravid and Tohpati is incredible, relying far more on intricate runs than the use of chords, with each both being prepared to take the lead, duet with the other, or even take a total break from the music altogether. It isn’t unusual to find one of them totally absent for long periods of time, just to give the other more space to move and breathe. Tohpati always makes me think of John McLaughlin, and strangely so does Ravid although he is playing keyboards, which is probably why they work so well together.

Ravid uses an electric organ to great effect on this album, with my favourite number probably “Throwing Words” where Tohpati lets Ravid get on with it, until he comes back with a slightly distorted guitar which is totally at odds with what has been going on before, really shifting the timbre and style of music. Indro Hardjodikoro has a delicate touch on the bass, providing warmth and filling the gaps between the melody makers and the percussion. There are three guys playing a variety of Indonesian instruments that provide an authenticity and realism to the music, a total fusion not just of jazz and rock, but world music and the west.
Share this review

Review Comments

Post a public comment below | Send private message to the reviewer
Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

JMA TOP 5 Jazz ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
A Love Supreme Post Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS
Buy this album from our partners
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
CHARLES MINGUS
Buy this album from our partners
My Favorite Things Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners

New Jazz Artists

New Jazz Releases

Ancient Lights World Fusion
UNITING OF OPPOSITES
Buy this album from MMA partners
Planet B Acid Jazz
EMANATIVE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Earth World Fusion
EMANATIVE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Dream World Jazz Related DJs/Electronica
JAH WOBBLE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Joining The Dots Post Bop
MARK CHERRI
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Jazz Online Videos

Uniting Of Opposites - Ancient Lights (2018) Full Album
UNITING OF OPPOSITES
js· 73 minutes ago
Havana
JAH WOBBLE
js· 19 hours ago
Children of the Ultra Blacks
BINKER & MOSES
js· 3 days ago
Tom Arthurs Trio - One Year - Teaser
TOM ARTHURS
js· 3 days ago
Reflections
MUSIQUE NOIRE
js· 3 days ago
More videos

New JMA Jazz Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Jazz News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us