Ligro, Dictionary 3, 2015

ligro - dictionary 3As the title so clearly reflects, this is instalment 3 of the Dictionary albums by Ligro. Still with the same players as on their previous one, and, still as challenging.

This album holds 5 tracks, of which 4 clock over the 10 minute mark, with the whole of the album closing down after 63 minutes. I deliberately say tracks because once again this feels to me as spontaneous jams that were recorded on the spot. Which also says that the guys have lost nothing of their will to experiment, and neither stopped developing as musicians.
From whisper soft to really loud, from groovy to freaky, this is not for the faint of heart.

No doubt about the skills of these musicians. And even while I am tempted to think I sometimes start to understand this, the free styled, avant jazz of the trio will not be everyone’s cup of tea. Okay, track  1, Bliker, with special guest Ade Irawan on keyboards (who is an 18 year old phenomenon) is more accessible, and there are moments here and there that are a bit more easy on the ears. But overall you really have to be into this to be able to enjoy it. Which probably says more about my listening skills than about the quality on offer 😉

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Ligro, Dictionary 2, 2012

Ligro - Dictionary-2Okay, this must be one of the most challenging albums ever to have made it´s rounds in my player. From Indonesia we have another MoonJune release in the jazz, fusion and or progressive rock vein. The trio of Agam Hamzah on guitar, Adi Darmawan on bass and Gusti Hendy on drums really managed to keep me busy but in all honesty, I am still not sure I am getting this.

With 8 tracks and over 73 minutes of music (with 4 tracks clocking in at over 10 minutes) I can´t help thinking these are all spontaneous jams recorded on the spot. Inventive and complex yes, but themes and melodies are nowhere to be found. Or at least not for these ears. And reading that drummer Gusti is also a member of one of the country´s most successful pop rock outfits makes this even more puzzling.

So maybe you are up for the task, I think I´d better put my mind to rest for a while and visit it again some time later, I surrender for now!

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