Möbius Strip are a young Italian progressive jazz-rock band comprised of Lorenzo Cellupica (keyboards), Nico Fabrizi (saxophone & flute), Eros Capoccitti (bass) and Davide Rufo (drums). That's right, no guitar in this little ensemble, but you don't miss it at thanks to the wonderful lead work of Cellupica and Fabrizi, who more than flesh out the arrangements with catchy yet challenging melodies over the steady rhythm team of Capoccitti and Rufo. Their self-titled debut for Musea contains six tracks, and all but one exceed the seven minute length, so plenty of room for the musicians to stretch out in classic jazz fusion fashion.
The kick off track "Bloo" sets the mood for what is to come, with engaging piano melodies and lots of solo flights for Fabrizi, while "Déjà Vu" has a 'can't miss' melody bristling with lovely sax/piano arrangements and booming bass lines. The quirky "First Impressions" follows, a more complex piece loaded with counterpoint and tricky drum fills, perhaps my favorite track on the album, and is followed by the gorgeous solo piano outing "Call it a Day". Cellupica leads off the upbeat "Andalusia", another classy number with a wealth of glorious piano textures, adventurous rhythms, and majestic sax. The band close out the album with "Möbius Strip", which combines both old school jazz with more modern fusion, as synths and piano are sprinkled throughout the arrangement, complemented by silky bass grooves (and a great solo!), intricate drum fills, and hazy saxophone. A lovely, yet highly quirky composition to close out this very fine album.
If your tastes gravitate towards modern jazz & fusion with a slight nod to the classics, this debut from Möbius Strip is one you should seek out immediately. Well done gentlemen!
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Déjà Vu 08:24
First Impressions 07:49
Call it a Day 02:43
Möbius Strip 08:48