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Nima Rezai

Nima Rezai

review from Progressor.net

Prolusion. MERGE was formed some a decade ago and is the brainchild of Nima Rezai, a Persian musician and composer living in the USA. The band’s discography is comprised of three releases to date: Merge (1998), Live in London (2004) and Separate Worlds (2005, coming as Nima & Merge), the second studio album to be viewed here. Analysis. Separate Worlds is a mind-blowing album, an absolute... »

Separate Worlds

Nima Rezai

SEPARATE WORLDS—Music Unifier Records. Web: mergemusic.com. Fire Eyes; Road to Hana; Moon Struck; Driven; Once Loved; Never More; Kurdish Dance; Masaek; Reng; Ittf; To Be Free. PERSONNEL: Nima Rezai, stick, stick synths, ashbury bass; Dan Heflin, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone; Brad Ranola, drums, percussion; Randy Graves, didjeridu, guitar, clapsticks; Masaru Koga, flute, alto flute; Ali Shay... »

Separate Worlds

Nima & Merge Separate Worlds review by Ron Fuchs

I had the pleasure to catch the tale end of Nima & Merge’s set at a local Southern California jazz club in Orange County called Steamers, earlier this year. After I got home that night I quickly emailed the band to express my delight for their music. I was told by Nima that once their new album was released, he’d send me a copy. That album is their second studio release entitled, Separate Worl... »

Separate Worlds

Nima & Merge Separate Worlds review

NIMA & MERGE Separate Worlds by Brian Pate (Garion) 8/12/2005 Once in a while a group comes along and demands your attention. Nima and Merge is that group for me this year. I actually saw the band play before I heard any of their CDs and have been blown away with everything they do. I love the other two CDs but this one completely blows the other two away. The Nima and Merge experience has to ... »

Separate Worlds

Separate Worlds

This new quartet truly merges many musical elements: Middle Eastern melodies, harmonies and rhythms, and Western fusion and progressive rock arrangements, and even some Latin and Celtic themes. Stickist Nima Rezai’s compositions explore all of these influences and his playing recalls traditional instruments from these genres, while paying homage to his teacher, Bob Culbertson, whose playing ... »

Separate Worlds

Nima & Merge Separate Worlds

On Separate Worlds, Stick player-composer Nima Rezai leads a talented crew of San Francisco musicians through a compelling hybrid of world music rhythms and motifs with driving, tightly crafted instrumentals that draw from the spirit of ‘70s progressive rock and early fusion music. Think Yes meets Mahavishnu somewhere in the Middle East. This amalgam of styles is most effectively realized on the e... »

Separate Worlds

Nima Rezai/Merge- Separate Worlds

“Separate Worlds��? CD – Nima and Merge Review By Lorraine Kay One of the most creative groups to come out of Southern California in recent years is a jazz fusion/world music, and progressive rock group called Nima and Merge, formally known simply as Merge. Their newest CD release “Separate Worlds��? is a kaleidoscope of musical colors, enough to satisfy nearly every palette. Headed up by Ni... »

Nima Rezai

Crossfire!

SV: Thank you for doing the interview, Nima. Before we move onto your latest work “Separate Worlds I’d like to talk about your past. Do you remember how you first got into music? Nima: Yes. I started playing flute in band when I was 11 after being made fun of by all the guys for playing flute, I switched to the sax. You know… kids and pressure. No offense to the flute. I still love it!... »

Separate Worlds

Merge/Nima Rezai – Separate Worlds

On Separate Worlds, Stick player-composer Nima Rezai leads a talented crew of San Francisco musicians through a compelling hybrid of world music rhythms and motifs with driving, tightly crafted instrumentals that draw from the spirit of ‘70s progressive rock and early fusion music. Think Yes meets Mahavishnu somewhere in the Middle East. This amalgam of styles is most effectively realized on the e... »

Separate Worlds

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, ... »

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