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D.F.A.
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D.F.A. (Duty Free Area) is a progressive/jazz rock band formed in Verona during 1991 around Alberto de Grandis, drummer, occasional vocalist and main composer, and bassist Luca Baldassari, D.F.A. was initially an instrumental keyboard-led trio, a formula that evolved over the years, first with the arrival of guitarist Silvio Minella in 1993, and two years later with the introduction of vocal parts in the compositions, following the release of a demo tape entitled Trip on Metro. Later in 1995, Alberto Bonomi replaced the original keyboard player and D.F.A. found its definitive shape. Bonomi was soon to become an essential creative force in the band alongside de Grandis, co-writing most of the material with him. The new quartet made its live debut in January 1996, and soon afterwards embarked on the recording of their first proper album. After further development, the highly-regarded 4th came out in 2008, but tragedy struck in 2011 when Bonomi was killed in an automobile accident. There has been no further activity from the band.
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Various Artists — Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga Various Artists — Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga
(Zeitgeist Media 1, 2010, DVD)
D.F.A. — 4th D.F.A. — 4th
(Moonjune MJR021, 2008, CD)
D.F.A. — Work in Progress Live D.F.A. — Work in Progress Live
(Moonjune MJR003, 2001, CD)
D.F.A. — Duty Free Area D.F.A. — Duty Free Area
(Mellow MMP 373, 1999, CD)
D.F.A. — Kaleidoscope D.F.A. — Kaleidoscope
(Moonjune MJR010, 1999/2007, 2CD)
D.F.A. — Lavori in Corso D.F.A. — Lavori in Corso
(Mellow MP 392, 1996/2000, CD)

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