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D.F.A. - Work in Progress Live CD (album) cover




Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.26 | 35 ratings

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4 stars This is exactly what a live album should be !!

I am fed up with live albums where track 1 is taken from Wembley Arena in London, track 2 is from a gig in Los Angeles and track 3 is from a gig in Cape Town. A live album should be a recording of one gig and that's it. I can accept Made In Japan whose taken over three nights on three different venues in Japan, but that is as far as it goes.

D.F.A and Moonjune seems to share my views. Work in Progress Live includes everything. And I mean everything. From the public announcement announcing that the gig is running slightly late and the organisers will make it up to you somehow. Yes, this live album is recorded at Nearfest on the 17. June 2000. This live album btw is one big advert for Nearfest too. It is also an advert for D.F.A, although the gig took place over ten years ago.

It is my understanding the material here is taken from their first two albums. I am not an D.F.A expert and I could not be bothered doing the decent thing and check this out. But I am pretty sure about this. The music is within the fusion/jazz genre, but with a lot of references to the RPI genre. Hence; if you love RPI, D.F.A is your friends to the left of that genre.

The music is very good throughout. The same is the sound. What also makes this album a joy to behold is the band's obvious surprise and delight over the audience's warm reaction towards them. Everlasting friendships was forged during the recording of this live album. That makes this a warm, organic live album. It is obvious that D.F.A. is one of the better fusion bands out there and they really rams that home during songs like Caleidoscopio and Pantera. This album has some vocals, but most of the tracks here are innovative, melodic fusion. This can be a bit boring, but D.F.A spices this up with some interesting time shifts and melody lines.

In short; the full package is a great listening experience. It is a toss of the coin between a three and a four star. I am a very conservative reviewer and do not like to spread stars around me so this is a three stars live album for me......... with the added help from Nearfest adjusted up to a four stars live album.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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