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New York, NY 10003
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Sonny Ochs
When a duo makes music together for 25 years, it can be expected that their performance will be tight. That doesn't even begin to describe Aztec Two-Step (Neal Shulman and Rex Fowler). This CD which was recorded at four different concerts is truly the epitome of what music should be - great harmonies, wonderful guitar playing, and an extremely well-chosen selection of songs that bring the audience way up, gently lead them to a quiet place and then rise again to new heights of energy and rhythm.
I know this sounds like promo material from the artist themselves, but I have listened to this CD countless times in the past few days, and I can find no fault with it. I feel like I'm attending a special concert over and over. I even like the song introductions which are included for about half of the songs.
You can't keep from tapping your feet while listening to Dance and Rabbit in the Moon. Cockroach Cacophony has intriguing lyrics. Ban Vanai addresses the militarily oppressed people of Southeast Asia, while Shantytown is about the homeless. Aztec's cover of Let It Be Me rivals the original by The Everly Brothers.
The CD is full of wit, whimsy, stories, politics and fine musicianship. There are no back-up musicians -- they're not needed! Congratulations to Jeff Colchamiro and David Seitz for producing, recording and mixing such a fine CD.
Edited by Paula Gregorowicz