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Album Review

During his career, guitar hero Al di Meola has wowed his fans with lightning-fast technique, blurring single lines, and energy. What is lost amidst the pyrotechnics are original ideas and the value of restraint. On these nine tracks taken from the Columbia label recordings Casino, Scenario, Electric Rendezvous, Elegant Gypsy, and Splendido Hotel, there's all a flashy air guitarist's fingers could dream of playing, but di Meola can and will. The acoustic pieces, especially "Passion, Grace and Fire" with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía, somehow rein di Meola in, while "Mediterranean Sundance" might be his best individual composition musically. There's also a fine version of "Señor Mouse," which he once performed with Chick Corea. The remainder of the tracks, objectively, are not the best from any of his recordings. This is a disappointingly chosen collection, and fans would be better served by the several other compilation CDs that are available. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi


Born: 22 July 1954 in Jersey City, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Guitarist Al Di Meola first rose to prominence as a blazing jazz fusion player before his playing matured and he began to conquer other styles, such as acoustic Latin music. Born on July 22, 1954, in Jersey City, NJ, Di Meola briefly studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston during the early '70s before accepting a job replacing guitarist Bill Connors in fusion trailblazers Return to Forever (a group that included such monster instrumentalists as keyboardist Chick Corea and bassist Stanley...
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  • 7,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion, Rock
  • Released: 21 July 1994

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