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Tohpati Bertiga: Faces

Read "Faces" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Indonesian guitar virtuoso Tohpati (SimakDialog) and his fellow countrymen blaze a jazz rock power trio path of wonderment, following up the band's previous release, Riot (Moonjune, 2013) and the guitarist's studio date with American jazz fusion superstars, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Chad Wackerman on Tribal Dance (Moonjune, 2014). The program is jam-packed with scathing licks, super-tight grooves and memorably melodic primary themes amid a host of split-second detours and precision-oriented unison runs. The trio gels to a ...

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Tohpati Bertiga: Riot

Read "Riot" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Indonesian guitarist Tohpati Bertiga spews lightning strikes across the studio, enamored by his slick-picking breakouts and shrewd use of space. He's a seasoned vet, noted by his prominent session duties and affiliation with the ultra-progressive jazz-rock band simakDialog. This energized trio date broadcasts a spirited kinship that translates to disc in exuberant fashion. A multifaceted mix, the artists gel with a conglomerate of funk, progressive-rock and groove-centric workouts, highlighted by the leader's technical wizardry and impassioned mode of ...

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Tohpati Bertiga: Riot

Read "Riot" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Get used to thinking of Southeast Asia as the new hotbed of fascinating and original guitar players. Indigenous guitar- and mandolin-like stringed instruments and improvisation have played a pivotal role in the native music of the region for centuries. Adaptation and mastery of western styles was inevitable, and a cursory search of YouTube will reveal hundreds of contemporary videos featuring Southeast Asian guitar shredders of every musical persuasion.One of the very finest guitarists in the region is Tohpati ...

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Tohpati Bertiga: Riot

Read "Riot" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In contrast to certain widely recognized guitar “gods," there are many great players who are less recognized. This may be the case for guitarist Tohpati Ario Hutomo, simply known as Tohpati. He's an extraordinary player who has performed with exciting Indonesian band simakDialog. He also released the noteworthy Save The Planet (MoonJune, 2010), with his Ethnomission ensemble, whose language mixed ethnic Indonesian music and western influences into a broader reflection of jazz fusion. Whereas Ethnomission's style featured ...


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