Friday, October 3, 2014
Fusion CD of the Month - "Tohpati: Tribal Dance"
Tohpati: "Tribal Dance" (MoonJune) 2014
All compositions by Tohpati
Indonesian Vocals on Track 1: Pak Kompyang and Iwan Wiradz
Additional sound samples on intros are from the Tohpati Music Library
Tracks 1 - 7 were recorded live in the studio by Bob Horn on September 12, 2013 @ EchoBar Studios (North Hollywood, Los Angeles), CA
Assistant Recording Engineer: Jones Roma
Track 8 was recorded on March 31, 2014 @ Tohpati Home Studio (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Mixed and mastered by Eko Sulistiyo at Aluna Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia
Produced by Tohpati.
International Release Executive Production by Leonardo Pavkovic.
Cover Painting: Saskia Gita Sakanti
Photos: Pheren Soephandi
Artwork: Melda VNH
Featuring: Tohpati (electric guitar), Jimmy Haslip (electric bass) & Chad Wackerman (drums)
Licensed from Tohpati Music.
© Tohpati Music and MoonJune Records, 2014
For his third release for MoonJune Records [following 2010's Tohpati Ethnomission, "Save The Planet," and 2012's Tohpati Bertiga, "Riot"], Tohpati is joined by renowned maestros, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Chad Wackerman [who appeared together on the Holdsworth-Pasqua-Haslip-Wackerman "Blues For Tony" project]. The result is an album of brilliantly-conceived and -executed music, evidenced by a wellspring of inspired interplay, a delightful chemistry and bursts of intense, spontaneous genius.
On "Tribal Dance," there's no shortage of Tohpati's trademark breathtaking, acrobatic axe-wielding. Towering power chords, distorted spare-note lead lines, unexpected machine gun-blasting sonic assaults, chugging rhythmic grooves, and even a host of elegantly-nuanced jazz phrasings, are all in attendance -- summoned at will, and in omnipotent fashion.
His explosive fretwork often appears as the musical equivalent of a pounching cobra (or one that is coiled and ready to strike!), yet it is his intuitive, prescient interplay with this formidable world-class rhythm section that emerges victorious on this stage. A powerful synergy prevails, as Tohpati locks in with Haslip’s dubmaster basslines and the rubber-limbed, imaginative kitwork of Wackerman. The trio generate wave upon wave of infectious syncopations and robust grooves, gloriously decorating a very special session.