Recorded over several days during the Summer Jazz on the Streets in London, England in July of 2003, Nima & Merge’s Live in London is dedicated to their loved ones and for all of us to fall in love with.
Nima Rezai’s Chapman Stick sings on all the tracks, especially "Resistance." At the time of recording, the drums were filled by Brad Ranola, himself no slouch behind the kit as his time in "Driven" is excellent.
Saxophonist Dan Heflin flies throughout the whole entire album, especially on "Road To Hana," which he plays a bit part, but you feel as though you are on that road to hana. Ranola keeps his feet busy during "Road To Hana" with a nice changing of the gears halfway through.
Track three "Float" holds to its name. Again Heflin floats through with sax and Ranola's subtle drumming with a bit of edge sticks out here. Nima Rezai has a chance to shine on "Tap Space," with his taps spaced out in the background underneath Heflin and just after Ranola’s drumming. "Fire Eyes" is a slow-burning fire, with Ranola's drums on fire.
Given the endorsement of the album by Chapman Stick inventor Emmett Chapman, a compliment to Nima Rezai with some standout Brazilian rhythms, Nima & Merges’s Live in London is a standout. Whether it is Trafalgar Square or Jazz at Lincoln Center or just your home stereo, Live in London will be live in your home with Chapman Stick, saxophone, drum kit crashing surround sound.