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WHAT IF

Dixie Dregs

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.22 | 140 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars After ''Free Fall'' keyboardist Steve Davidowski quit from Dixie Dregs, following violinist Vassar Clements.Original keyboardist Mark Parrish, having completed his studies at Georgia State University, returned to the line-up at the fall of 77'.The next year the group recorded the album ''What If'' at Chateau Recorders Studio in Los Angeles and this work was again released on Capricorn in March 78', produced by Ken Scott.

This is a very energetic Prog/Fusion album, reminiscent of Dixie Dregs' passionate approach on rich, instrumental compositions, with lots jazzy and a few of Classical references, with the group sounding even closer to KANSAS on this album, though the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA influence is still the major leading guide.The two long tracks of the album are really fantastic with impressive breaks and changes, going from Classical-inspired violin parts to jazzy interplays and full-blown proggy battles with nice use of keyboards, while it is doubtful if you'll find a more accomplished rhythm section than the one of Andy West and Rod Morgenstein.The shorter tracks are more straight but far from easy-going.Here the group can divide its influences to separate tracks, from the groovy Boogie Rock of ''Take It Off the Top'' to the light Jazz-Rock of ''What If'' anf from the superb Fusion of ''Travel Tunes'' to the funkier rhythms of ''Ice Cakes''.However the performance of Dixie Dregs will remain always on a very high level with lots of changing climates, technical playing and rich delivery all the way, while a few smoother passages are added for good measure in an attempt to keep things balanced.

Superb follow-up to the otherwise very good ''''Free Fall''.Passionate Prog/Fusion of high quality with tremendous both individual and team performances.Highly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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