• TOHPATI BERTIGA - Faces CD
Tohpati Ario Hutomo is an Indonesian jazz guitarist and songwriter. He is known as one of the most famous jazz guitarists in Indonesia. He has collaborated with many Indonesian musicians such as Glenn Fredly, Indro, Arie Ayunir and Shakila. Many of his work has traditional culture elements as he always try to combine both modern and traditional Indonesian music on his albums. The influence came from many different international jazz guitarists, but the most significant influence came from Pat Metheny.
Tohpati Bertiga is the band where him together with his fellow countrymen blaze a jazz rock power trio path of wonderment, following up the band's previous release, Riot (Moonjune, 2013) and the guitarist's studio date with American jazz fusion superstars, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Chad Wackerman on Tribal Dance (Moonjune, 2014).
The program is jam-packed with scathing licks, super-tight grooves and memorably melodic primary themes amid a host of split-second detours and precision-oriented unison runs. The trio gels to a punchy jazz rock and funk motif on the vivacious "Bright Side," where Tohpati wreaks a bit of fun-loving havoc via his twisting lines as he bends notes into submission while spiraling into the heavens. However. "Bluesphoria" is a Canned Heat style boogie blues, spiced with classic rock overtones and finger-snapping riffs. They also blend prog rock nuances into the mix, amped by the leader's blistering solos and off-centered time changes that elevate the piece into more than just a boilerplate blues vamp.
Tohpati's fluent lines are energized with howling accents during other works that are designed with driving beats and changeable patterns. Essentially, the musicians get their point across rather concisely, seemingly fueled by a V-8 engine with the mobility of a tiger briskly stalking its prey.