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Tour de Force (Live)

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Album Review

Recorded shortly before Al di Meola decided to de-emphasize his electric guitar in favor of his acoustic counterpart, this live set does a fine job of summing up his first six years of recordings. Four of the six numbers (all but "Nena" and "Advantage") were previously recorded by the pacesetting fusion guitarist. With strong and stimulating contributions made by keyboardist Jan Hammer, electric bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Steve Gadd, percussionist Mingo Lewis, and second keyboardist Victor Godsey (some additional keyboards and percussion were overdubbed later in the studio), di Meola is typically stunning on such originals as "Elegant Gypsy Suite" and "Race with Devil on Spanish Highway."

Customer Reviews

Stunning

I was at this concert in the front row. An incredible once in a lifetime lineup of musicians. I only wish this cd was as long as the concert and included more songs. Becomes Dimeola you have Jan Hammer & Steve Gadd in their prime. Turn the volume up and enjoy.

Biography

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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