Divided into two suites from two cult albums in the 1970’s, Arti & Mestieri’s jazz-cum-rock is a distinct relative of Zappa (Frank, not Moon Unit) with its winding feel, tempo-changes and fine musicianship. The opening “Tilt” suite begins with the intricate “Gravita 9.81” that has a point and isn’t annoying due to a low amount of musical “noodling”. Just as inviting are the violin-fuelled “Strips” that is more orchestral in tone but things pick up with “In Cammino”. Meanwhile, the longer and elaborate “Giro di Valzer per Domani” suite is just as pleasing, yet initially far more jazzier judging by the sax-saturated “Valzer per Domani”. Perhaps the prettiest moments here are the lovely combination of “Aria Pesante” and “Dimensione Terra” which is offset by the relaxing piano work during “Kawasaki”. And “Marilyn” shows off the fine drumming of Furio Chirico which complements the horn work. “2000” rounds this eclectic but inviting live album from a band who John Frusciante is apparently a huge fan of.
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