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Dennis Chambers, Jeff Berlin, Dave Fiuczynski, T Lavitz: Boston T Party

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A meeting of four fusion whizzes could easily digress into a game of “Can you top this,” where any sense of composition gives way to an endless parade of chops. Chambers (drums), Berlin (bass), Fiuczynski (guitars) and Lavitz (keyboards) all play with a ferocity that can sustain itself for hours.

Luckily Boston T Party is built around writing as much as blowing, with most of the tunes coming from Lavitz. The group acts as a supportive environment to inspire the soloist without overplaying. Chambers and Berlin, in fact, seem like they could cut loose a little more rather than just holding down a steady 4/4 groove on a few tracks.

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