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 attack.
The trio cuts to the chase on "Middle East." Here, the guitarist dishes out an indigenous and fluently executed Middle Eastern folk vamp, contrasted with edgy distortion-tinged chord clusters atop a pulsating cadence. Tohpati dances around the primary theme during the bridge and highlights his jazz improvisation skills, woven into more of a prog rock vibe.
With torrid note-bending intervals, Tohpati rockets into hyperspace via scathing single-note lines. The trio revisits the primary theme for the finale, culminating into a persuasive East-meets-West musical forum, where finesse, firepower and art reveal a congruous soundstage.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.