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Arti E Mestieri


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.84 | 131 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Man you can't go wrong with either of the first two releases that this amazing Fusion band from Italy put out in the seventies. Both are classics. I do prefer "Tilt" but what I really enjoy on this sophomore effort that "Tilt" doesn't have are the vocals of Gianfranco Gaza. Gianfranco was the incredible vocalist for the band PROCESSION, one of my favourite Italian bands. On a side note ARTI E MESTERI used to play a lot with AREA back in the day. As with the first album Furio Chirico is the main focus with his mastery on the drum kit. Peart fans would do well to check out this guys drumming, he's all over this. What a talent !

"Valzer Per Domani" opens with piano and drums but soon both the clarinet and violin are helping out. "Mirafiore" is all about the drumming early then check out the violin 1 1/2 minutes in as he rips it up. It's the guitars turn after 2 1/2 minutes as he proceeds to light it up. A calm a minute later and sax joins in. "Saper Sentire" features Gianfranco on vocals and the sound is heavier. This is great ! Love his vocals. Some fuzz in this one too. The guitar before 4 minutes sounds really good as the drums pound. That's my favourite track. "Nove Luna Prima" is a short tune with the sax and drums standing out. "Mescal" reminds me of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA especially when the violin comes in. Amazing tune.

"Mescalero" is another short tune as different sounds come and go. "Nove Lune Dopo" is the bonus track. Here we go ! The drumming is killer and I like the deep bass and organ too. "Dimensione Terra" features those ever-present drums as sax and violin helps out. "Aria Pesante" opens with vocals but the sax and drums take over quickly. Vocals are back with piano after a minute. Contrasts continue. A sax solo 2 1/2 minutes in. "Consapevolozza Parte 1" has this nice rich sound to it with drums leading the way. Guitar joins in. "Sagra" opens with a drum stampede. Piano joins in followed by sax and bass. The guitar late rips it up. "Consapevolozza Parte 2" is mostly keyboards and drums then the violin comes in. "Rinuncia" opens with drums and guitar. Vocals and some chunky bass late. "Marilyn" is piano only before drums and sax join in. "Terminal" is MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA-like. Just a great sounding track especially the guitar and drums.

A solid 4 stars without a doubt.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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