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Romano Mussolini

Talented jazz musician and the last surviving child of Italy's fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. Though never actively involved in politics, he made an important contribution to a process that is subtly altering Italians' view of their recent past and transforming his father's image from that of an irascible despot into a benevolent, if occasionally misguided, patriarch.

Ironically, had the fascist regime survived, Romano would have had the greatest difficulty pursuing his chosen career. Jazz, with its roots in black culture, was censured - and censored - by his father's government. American musicians were given Italian names so they could be shoehorned into the country's nationalist outlook. Louis Armstrong, for instance, first became known to Italians as Luigi Fortebraccio.

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Albums

The Latin Taste
The Latin Taste

2009
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[no cover]
Music Blues
Dreyfus Jazz
2001
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[no cover]
Masterpiece Of Jazz...
Dreyfus Jazz
1973
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[no cover]
Trio E All Stars
Dreyfus Jazz
1972
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[no cover]
At The Santa Tecla
Dreyfus Jazz
1964
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[no cover]
Con Nunzio Rotondo E...
Dreyfus Jazz
1958
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Videos

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