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September 26, 2014

Tohpati Tribal Dance Review

Tribal Dance is Indonesian guitarist Tohpati's third album for Moonjune Records. He is joined by bass guitarist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Chad Wackerman for an impressive album of progressive jazz rock and fusion.

This is a great album without question. With legendary veterans Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman, Tohpati goes into jazz, rock, heavy metal as well as funk and ambient music. It's a killer trio.

"Rahwana" is an exciting piece of power fusion, with killer use guitar effects and hot improvising. Unique and fun!

“Spirit of Java,” where ambient textures mixed with sudden sections of very tight groove, showcases how tight these guys are.

“Run” is a funky tune, where you can hear the Holdsworth influence as well.

With “Supernatural”, the band rocks hard, with exotic chord progressions, and a killer guitar solo.

There is plenty of exciting playing and composing on this album, and I highly recommend it. 4.5 stars out of 5.

The only complaint is the album is a bit short - you can't help but wanting more!

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MOONJUNE RECORDS represents the fruition of vision from entrepreneurial producer, tour manager & promoter Leonardo Pavkovic. The ongoing goal of MoonJune is to support music that transcends stylistic pigeon-holing, but operates within an evolutionary progressive musical continuum that places jazz at one end and rock at the other. The ever-expanding boundaries of these two musical categories have since come to include everything from progressive rock to ethno-jazz, from experimental avante-garde to jazz-rock, and anything in between.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on September 26, 2014

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