Reviewed by MJBrady on 02 Sep 2001
Arti + Mestieri, seems like an odd name for a a band playing Progressive/Fusion, but that's what they are doing, it's vintage Italian at it's best, the predominant style here is an agressive approach of progrock based hard edged fusion, utilizing bass, guitars, keyboards, drums, saxes and violins, so they do have a slight resemblance to Mahavishnu Orchestra, though not totally derivative of that style, there is some singing moments in Italian, but they take nothing away from the music whatsoever. The music builds from a foundation of drums, bass, and keyboards, while the sax, violin and guitars are hamonizing melodies over the song structures, this is where the Mahavishnu comparisons start, both the drummer Furio Chirico, and guitaristGigi Venegoni share the sound and idiosyncrasies of John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham, both in tone and technique. Yet the band only occasionally goes into that Maha - vibe, I can also hear the likes of more contemporary bands like Dregs, Boud Deun, Eleventh House,or even some Didier Lockwood in his earlier fusion era, and Italian band Nova. It's a bit more varied than just a Mahvishnu knockoff, so keep that in mind, it's a nice production given the era also, all instruments are equally audible, even the bass, all in all these guys are a very high energy outfit, well deserving of their place amoungst fusion pioneers Mahavishnu, Eleventh House, Return to Forever, etc.