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by Budd Kopman
The sky is pitch black. Spotlights are focused on seven musicians in front of a beautiful marble columned structure that towers over them. The outdoor concert starts and Compagni di Merengue barrels out of the speakers. The group gets a huge, admittedly slightly cavernous, sound. The music is joyous, raucous, funny, and free within a clear harmonic and architectural structure. Fazio's Live at Milano evokes the feeling of controlled chaos and is more than a bit Mingus-ish. ...read more