Nima Rezai/Merge – Separate Worlds
Where some might describe progressive metal as an all out assault on the senses, in contrast Separate Worlds flows over you like a warm breeze off the desert, soothing and invigorating. On the surface it has a distinctive jazz feel, but without the typical jazz song structures. Filled with unusual time signatures, and an inventive application of shythm and harmony, it is akin to progressive rock, and yet the wonderful Persian flavoring adds an ethnic quality that separates it yet again. THe combination of woodwinds with the Chapman Stick is pure genius, as the two timbres compliment each other and create that warm tone that I have described. This is a milder alternative to progressive music that is still intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying. I highly recommend Nima & Merge to all pro fans who occasionally desire something a little lighter.