Reviewed by MJBrady on 24 Aug 2002
After seeing the release date on this cd, I was thinking that Arti+Mestieri were going to to follow up the Murales cd of 1998. However, this is not the case, this is a compilation of tracks that did not make it onto the bands most definitive recordings of the seventies Tilt & Giro di Valzer per Domani. This is a good thing, as Murales did not represent the style of prog and fusion that Arti + Mestieri were notorious for. This cd has a mixture of folk oriented prog, and the very fusion efforts that sounded Mahavishnu Orchestra inspired. An odd mixture to be sure, and for me the fusion parts alone are well worth the price of finding this cd.
Those who are aware of this band are quite familiar with the musicianship that is present in the band, and drummer Furio Chirico is often compared with Billy Cobham, Narada Michael Walden and many other grat fusion drummers, and rightfully so. The band also employs the use of guitar, violins, and keyboards and bass. The duets of electric guitar and violin really gives the Mahavishnu references a lot of credibility. The folkier moments are short, and seemingly out of place, they almost sound like an Italian version of Peter, Paul & Mary, having a dated feel, and similar vocal harmonies, these weren't the songs that best represented what Arti + Mestieri were all about.
If this bands music sounds appealing to you, and if the Mahavishnu Orchestra is a style you like, you should discover this band, but perhaps go for the bands most sought after albums first, Tilt, and Giro di Valzer per Domani. As these both contain a lot of the inventive, aggressive fusion that made them a progressive archival necessity.