Arti & Mestieri
First Live in Japan (Moonjune Records, 2008)
Arti & Mestieri is a legendary Italian group from the 1970s that earned an excellent reputation in progressive rock circles. Although the group’s sound has some connections with the outstanding Italian prog groups of the 1970s like P.F.M. and Banco, Arti & Mestieri went in a jazzier direction. This live album, recorded at Club Cittá in Tokyo contains some of the finest material by the Italian musicians.
The first includes the pieces from Tilt, one of the must have albums fro any progressive rock collector. The signature sound includes lead violin, lots of keyboards (including the king of progressive rock keyboards, the mellotron), saxophones and the lead vocals of Iano Nocoló. Imagine a jazzier version of P.F.M., with rock, classical music, Italian folk and lots of room for improvisation.
Kudos to Moonjune Records for sharing this wonderful Japanese performance with the rest of the world.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.