Artist/ Band: Nima & Merge
Title: Seperate Worlds
Label: Music Unifier Records
Year of Release: 2005
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Nima & Merge are a trio consisting of Nima Rezai (Stick player & composer), Dan Helfin (saxophone) and Brad Ranola (drums). They are joined by many guests musicians to help flesh out the sound. Their sound is basically a mixture of world music, jazz, progressive rock, fusion and rock. Picture a Discipline-era Crimson combined with Mahavishnu Orchestra and you get the framework of the bandís music. Itís so much more and one has to experience the music of Nima & Merge. Another band that comes to mind for comparison sake is Systems Theory.
I must admit that Separate Worlds requires several listens, especially a listener such as myself that is a newbie to the more eclectic side of progressive rock. If this is your thing then due yourself a favor and pick up a copy today.. Oh and if Nima & Merge comes to your town to play, I urge you to see them!
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on August 9th, 2005
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