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Arti E Mestieri


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.84 | 131 ratings

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3 stars A showcase for one of the greatest drummers alive.

"Giro" is a very solid album that should please anyone remotely interested in the genre. While I don't own "Tilt" and thus can't compare the two, from what I remember this album is every bit as formidable, perhaps less acclaimed simply because it followed an album much beloved. The album may actually be a bit richer in terms of production and band interplay. The highlight here as noted by many is the simply jaw-dropping percussion performance by the legendary Furio Chirico and I can only add that anyone who is a drummer or appreciates spectacular percussion needs to hear Furio in action. To steal a line from an old movie that I can't recall Furio plays "like two jackrabbits fu*%ing." I am also a fan of Beppe Crovella since hearing his work on the later Tower album "Tales from a Book of Yestermorrow." The tracks are intricate and flawlessly executed jams with great guitar work and enough sax and violin to really add great color. also plays up Chirico's importance in the band: "Personally I would compare him with Billy Cobham, although an octopus also comes into mind. This virtuoso is able to fill the space with such an incredible sound, layer upon layer of polyphonic rhythms, it's quite spectacular. Behind him, an ensemble of bass/guitar/keys/violin/sax/voice are creating track after track of pure enjoyment." []

For me personally the music is at times too busy and this is why I give a higher rating to something like Esagono, who may not have quite the chops of this band but arguably provide more emotionally satisfying music. "Giro" can be a simply exhausting listen that rarely gives the listener a chance for a breather-of course I realize this is a plus for many of you. For me this album is good but not essential although I have the utmost respect for their ability. For jazz fans really into intense, technically savvy jamming I can see why others would give this 4 or even 5 stars. I'll have to go about 3-3 .

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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