Recorded live at a Jakarta, Indonesia venue, descriptors for this unique jazz-fusion outfit might sound something like; clever, impressionistic, artful and positively inspiring. More importantly, this Indonesian jazz-fusion-world music band generates a horde of refreshing surprises here.
Driven by keyboardist Riza Arshad’s resonating chord voicings, performed on acoustic and electric keys, the band spices up its overall sound with blissful themes executed with an energized gait. Arshad and guitarist Tohpati Ario Hutomo occasionally render ascending unison choruses atop gently flowing percussion grooves. But melody is a key a component throughout. In addition, the music is shaded with vocals and the percussionists’ use of indigenous rhythmic instruments. The artists also work thru these pieces with an uplifting sense of buoyancy amid sprawling backdrops.
Arshad counters his lush chord phrasings with a forward-moving impetus while Hutomo’s clever use of volume control techniques provide a capacious edge. On some of these works, the artists fuse grunge rock and jazz-rock motifs with soaring solo escapades, all nicely contrasted by the keyboardist’s memorably melodic harmonics.
Arshad’s ostinato during "Worthseeing," is augmented by spiraling movements, where the group dishes out regal choruses amid a multilayered soundstage. And when you think you’ve heard it all, as in jazz-fusion ensemble’s engaging in technical gymnastics sans any substance, then this unit should serve as the antidote for the ho hum onslaught of characterless fuzoid outings. Don’t let this gem pass you by.