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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.82 | 10 ratings

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3 stars A very interesting jazz album from Indonesia.

This is a live album from the interesting ethno-jazz combo Simak Dialog. The audience is polite listening to the music so the live feeling is not particular great. Then again, this type of music is not attracting rowdy audiences.

Ethno-jazz........... The music here is very similar to what Chick Corea is doing with long piano medium fast to fast passages based on a beat, done by the ethno drums. Kendang I think they are called. No drums sticks. Just the "drummer" hitting the drum skin with his/her flat hand. It gives the music the ethno flavour. The bass is also both a part of the melodies and is also keeping the beat. There are also some guitar solos on this album and some German poetry reading + some female vocals in the native language.

Talking about the latter one, I do get a lot of zeuhl vibes from this album in addition to the trad jazz and fusion vibes. This, and the ethno feel makes this album a very special album. But my main gripe is the lack of some great melodies or tunes here. Yes, the band is brilliant. But melodies and great ideas is the missing ingredient here. But this is still a very good album who deserve a wider recognition.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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