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Nima & Merge

Live at CalProg, Whittier, CA, 2006

Review by Lorraine Kay

CalProg was a full day of great prog-rock from across the country and the UK. Held in the Whittier Community Center, in Whittier, CA, a small community in Los Angeles County, there is always a family-friendly atmosphere in the 400-seat facility. But once the music started there was nothing small-town about it.

The festivities started off on Friday night with a pre-party that featured entertainment by Nima and Merge, a fusion of jazz, world music, and progressive rock. The group that played for the party was a five-piece that consisted of Nima Rezai on Chapman Stick, Dan Heflin on saxophones, Mike Alvarez on Cello, Delta Davis on percussion and Brad Ranola on drum set. The five musicians generated an unusually expansive sound. The result was a truly unique and powerful sonic experience.

Dale Kay
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