DFA: work in progress live (CD, 52:41); moonjune Records, MJR003, 2001 E-mail: email@example.com Cyberhome: http:// digilander.iol.it/dfa 10 words or less: Great Italian ProgFusion band recorded live in concert Elaboration: I must confess that Iím not a big fan of live recordings so it takes a lot of prowess of performance to win me over. As it turns out, DFA have made me a believer! The set starts out with 2 trax from their sophomore album Duty Free Area. The first song is a barn burner of the Ozric Tentacles variety and the second starts out dreamy and then accelerates to warp speed after a couple of minutes.There are some vocals which are tuneful and well done. Track 3 is a previously unreleased song from their early days; a real twisty turny piece in various odd times that are meant to represent a trip on a runaway subway train; very cool. Track 4 is from their debut album Lavori In Corso and is the longest song of the set, clocking in around 16 minutes itís an excellent Symph/Fusion suite. The entire set is impeccably performed and captured and I highly recommend it to any fans of progressive music. ~ L Perez Tracks 1) ESCHER 10.08 (Music: Bonomi,De Grandis) 2) CALEIDOSCOPIO 9.16 (Music: Bonomi,De Grandis - Lyrics: Bonomi) 3) TRIP ON METRO' 6.37 (Music: De Grandis) 4) LA VIA 15.25 (Music: Bonomi,De Grandis - Lyrics: Bonomi) 5) PANTERA 8.10 (Music: Bonomi) 5) RAGNO 11.26 (Music: Bonomi, De Grandis) BALDASSARI Luca: Bass BONOMI Alberto:Organ, Synthesizers and Vocals DE GRANDIS Alberto: Drums and Vocals MINELLA Silvio: Guitars Recorded live at NEARfest 2000 - Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Saturday June 17, 2000 Produced by Moonjune Records
EER-MUSIC Editor sez: DFA's "WORK IN PROGRESS LIVE" will appeal to keyboard-driven prog fans. The synthscapes and complex 70's-voiced tapestries of keys are DFA. The compositions also have a strong bass groove and bounce keeping a jazzy prog feel. Guitar work is solid but without flash or highly technical pyrotechnics. In fact, it is a sort of relaxed axe jam that overlays and augments the keyboard superstructure. Drums are just right and never detract nor jump out at you. Italian lyrics and vox adds an early PFM aura but with a softer, romanticism, or soft prog essence. DFA are hard to pin down and say, "like this group or that". DFA is just DFA. I look forward to hearing another DFA release with yet more complexity and variety. If DFA tries its hand at utilizing more of a fast-paced, tighter focus on its jazzier side and increases the use of unison lines they could very easily slip into jazz rock fusion/prog in the vein of KRAAN. My hope is that this will indeed happen as there is plenty of decent prog rock out there and never enough jazz rock-driven fusion. ~ John W. Patterson, Editor of EER-MUSIC.com"
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