Upon  receiving the album in the mail  from MoonJune... I  was  skeptical, a prog  band  from Indonesia?  Well Ligro  is the  real  deal, and are as slick and creative  as `mainstream prog  fusion  bands such  as Helmet of Gnats or  Canada's   Spaced Out.  Formed in 2004 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Ligro  is  a  guitar, bass, and  drum trio  that  creates  a  welcome   diversity within  the  jazz-fusion  genre,  but please be  forewarned,  this  isn't  your  father's  jazz-fusion,  You  will not  hear any  new  age  references, or   Pat  Methany or Chick  Corea  influences.  

The  band states- `We play the music as what the heart says. Music is fun and the creation is limitless. Ligro defines ourselves perfectly, we are ORGIL (= crazy people in Bahasa),  because we just listen to our hearts in turning the noise into music where the exploration is endless and the transformation is rich.'

Though  the  opening  track- Paradox,  features Holdsworth/Hendrix influenced  axeman Agam  Hamzah,  who  blisters  through  some  very  impressive  fret  work,  the  next  track Stravinsky, blew my  mind. `Borrowing'  from Stravinsky’s “An Easy Piece Using Five Notes,”  the bass work by Adi Darmawan (who  reminds  me slightly of Percy Jones),  is phenomenal. In a nutshell,  this man  should  be placed in  the  inner-circle  of  the upper  tier of prog  bassists.  

Drummer-  Gusti Hendi,  is  a brilliant  drummer  who  holds  down  the  drums  and  percussion  with  the  right  flair  without  overpowering  the  featured  instruments  (ala Tony Williams).

Many  fusion  bands  can  start  to repeat  and  drag  after  the  hour-mark  on a  recording.  The  songs,  with references to Mahavishnu Orchestra and Miles Davis, etc. vary  from  classical-influences,  to  loose-jam pieces,  killer riffs/displaying  their  talents, to  experimentation, to   space-funk.  Of  course  this  trio  can  shred and percolate  (Bliker 3), ,  but  they  also understand  the  subtle  nuances  of   building layers,   as  well as creating  refreshing  time  and  stylistic changes within their  compositions. And though I have mentioned Gusti, and Adi's playing, it is Agam Hamzah's rich diverse guitar work technical  mastery holds the album together. 

Etude Indiana, is  the  only  track  that hints  that  the band  is  not  rooted in  familiar prog-geography, but  also portrays the band's different cultural backgrounds. Adi is originally from Madura, Hendi is from South Kalimantan and Agam is a mix of Aceh and West Java.

 The  word  fusion  can  mean  a lot  of  things,  but Ligro  is  a `fused'  group  that  simply  works  perfectly in harmony. What impressed  me  the  most was  that  these gents  are  just  as  good  at playing  loose subtle  fusion  as  they  are  in  killer  shredding, and their writing  skills are mature beyond their  years.  This  band has   all  the  tools. And  besides  Helmet  of Gnats,  there  hasn't  been a  fusion  group that  has  knocked  my  socks  off in a  long  while,   until  I  first  heard  Dictionary  2.  

Dictionary 2?  I  can't  wait  to  hear  Dictionary  3,4,5,6... etc.

Highly  recommended, especialy  to  the  prog  jazz/fusion  fan.  Highest  recommendation.  Buy  this  album from  this  special  band. 

Cover artwork  is technically  very well-made  but  aesthetically  weak.

​Rating  9.8/10


Dictionary 2
(review:  Lee Gaskins)