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Ligro: Dictionary 3

Read "Dictionary 3" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Ligro is yet another one of MoonJune Records' stellar discoveries from Indonesia. One says “Indonesia" with caution, as each member of this supremely energetic fusion power trio hails from a culturally different part the vast region: bassist, occasional pianist, and chief composer Adi Darmawan is from Madura, drummer Gusti Hendy is from South Kalimantan and guitarist Agam Hamzah's heritage is a mix of Aceh and West Java. Their third album and second international release, Dictionary 3, has a refreshingly raw, ...

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Ligro: Dictionary 2

Read "Dictionary 2" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Recorded in Jakarta (Indonesia) in 2011, Dictionary 2 presents the first international release from one of Indonesia's most acclaimed jazz-rock fusion trios: Drummer/percussionist Gusti Hendy, bassist Adi Darmawan and guitarist Agam Hanzah. (Hendy doubles as a member of Indonesia's pop-rock sensations GIGI.)Dictionary 2 burns with enough kinetic energy to traverse the entire distance of Ligro's unique “east meets west" jazz-rock guitar fusion, which sounds strongly influenced by Robert Fripp and Bill Bruford, and their progressive guitar and drum ...

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Ligro: Dictionary 2

Read "Dictionary 2" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Another great fusion band from Indonesia, Ligro is a co-operative trio comprised of guitarist Agam Hamzah, bassist Adi Darmawan, and drummer Gusti Hendi. Compared to the other Indonesian jazz and fusion artists on the MoonJune roster (Dewa Budjana, Tohpati Ario Hutomo, and the group SimakDialog) Ligro's sound is appreciably more aggressive and, dare I say, more metallic than the others. Not that they're a metal band, per se. Ligro is definitely a jazz-rock fusion band, albeit one whose awareness of ...

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Ligro: Dictionary 2

Read "Dictionary 2" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Moonjune Records has performed a service for progressive-rock and jazz-fusion aficionados by propagating an influx of stellar albums by Indonesian artists and bands that morph Western traditionalism into a distinct sound spectrum. One such ensemble is the power trio Ligro that, in Indonesian lingo, translates to “crazy people." Formed in 2004, its second release, Dictionary 2 is a propulsive exposition, sparked by unanticipated shifts in direction, demanding time signatures, metallic grooves and more. Guitarist and band founder Agam ...


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