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Mind-blowing new material; worth every penny!

Yes, this album has a very heavy flamenco influence, and no, it's not like the old Return to Forever material, and the result is some of the most compositional genius I've ever heard. I love every stage of di Meola's career, from the shredding Elegant Gypsy to the Guitar Trio to the World Sinfonia. I very much urge old di Meola fans to give his newer material a chance. It really shows his stellar compositional abilities and ability to make incredible music no matter what the instrumentation. This album in particular is like a slightly more rocked-up Grande Passion, which old fans should like, but is definitely World Sinfonia driven, which anyone who can appreciate real art can really get into. In my opinion, The Grande Passion is a slightly "better" album (most beautiful and entrancing music I've ever listened to), but it lacks the umph that this album has. Both albums are definitely 5 star records.

In conclusion: please give this music a chance. di Meola is a REAL master. His musical genius doesn't stop at incredibly fast electrical shredding. It goes way beyond that into a gorgeous realm of flamenco driven world music where you can really hear his compositional side shine. This album is a di Meola gem; worth every penny.

Pursuit of radical raphsody!!

This long expected album from the Master, follows the line of the prior World Sinfonia albums, excepcional performance and sound. My expectations were different, maybe misled by my interpretation of the album title; but the musicality and team work developed here proves once again who Al Dimeola is in the music world.

World Music

A wonderful take on world music. Fascinating and beautiful music.


Born: July 22, 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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