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NEW WORLD LIVE

Dave Kerzner

 

Crossover Prog

4.07 | 8 ratings

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memowakeman
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4 stars Wonderful!

Dave Kerzner is a prolific musician that has been into the prog scene for several years, and in this decade he entered with his solo project, creating an amazing debut album entitled New World, a solid example of modern progressive rock with an obvious Floydian feeling. In the album, several wonderful musicians were invited to participate, such as Steve Hackett, Simon Phillips or the unique Keith Emerson, among others, an album that received positive critics since it guarantees over an hour of great music.

This great studio music was shared live and played in its entirety during different shows, leaving intact the order, so the band respected the concept . So "New World Live" is the result of those live shows, it is actually a blend of two different concerts with two different lineups, one from Europe and one from America, both showing high quality and confirming how good Kerzner is as composer, performer, and how well accompanied he is by the other musicians.

A thing I liked is that despite it is a performance of the studio album, it is not a full copy of it, I mean, the live vibes produce different sounds and even feelings, so the experience is not the same in any way. Kerzner's voice is wonderful and sounds clean, there are some parts in which the musicians put new elements, the McBroom girls produce goosebumps with their voices, and the keyboards also play a main role. As I mentioned above, there is an obvious Pink Floyd feeling here, Gilmour-ish vocals and guitar, but in the end the sound of the music is very personal from Kerzner's signature.

The whole album is very solid, not really weak moments, and some songs I totally adore such as "Into the Sun", the instrumental "Crossing of Fates" and of course, the amazing final epic "Redention" which closes the album in a magnificent way. I've been listening to this live album recently becaude I will be lucky enough to see Dave's band performing at ProgtoberFest, which really excites me, because it is evident their live performances give the audience priceless moments.

Of course, my invitation is to first listen to the studio version (if you haven't discovered it yet), and then listen to its live representation in this great record. Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |

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