Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

286

Al Di Meola: Consequence of Chaos

Doug Collette By

Sign in to view read count
After graduating from the Berklee School of Music, Al Di Meola gained visibility as the electric guitarist in Chick Corea's best-known version of Return to Forever. With the dissolution of that jazz-rock fusion band, Di Meola pursued a variety of avenues, many of which he seamlessly recapitulates on Consequence of Chaos.

The title may refer to the recording process of the disc or world events, but it may also be intended ironically. The atmosphere of the music in its varied textures is almost (but not quite) unremittingly bright in its breezy languor. Listening to the disc from start to finish is tantamount to an aural travelogue, the likes of which takes the listener from dawn to dusk and beyond in a tropical air.

You may find the compact disc stickered and emblazoned as "A Return to His Solid-body Electric Guitar. But the reality of the album is something different, as represented by the portrait of Al Di Meola wearing the electric instrument on the front cover, a shot that immediately gives way to a photo of him with a classical acoustic as you first turn the page of the CD booklet. Accordingly, on the opener, "San Marco (moderna)," electric and acoustic guitars are interwoven, as is the case through much of the album.

Some measure of sterility manifests itself in such (too) careful arrangements, as on "Tao. Di Meola's electric guitar does, however, contain a heated edge on "Turquoise, while flamenco guitar and percussion interchange with the piano of his former mentor Barry Miles. The keyboardist plays a recurring role throughout the album, and it's a measure of the guitarist's reconnection to his past to play with the man with whom he collaborated just prior to joining Corea and RTF.

Speaking of which, "Red Moon is one of the least interesting cuts on the CD because it is so reminiscent of vintage Return to Forever. The acoustic duet between Di Meola and Corea on "Cry for Me is much more intimate and, perhaps not coincidentally, a much more heartfelt expression of their camaraderie.

The dizzying guitar figures that bring "Tempest to a close are indicative of the cumulative intensity of this album. Di Meola skirts muzak on "Azucar through the quick time changes and rhythmic flourishes from Gumbi Ortiz of the Di Meola road band. It'll be interesting to hear how, as the group tours in support of this album, their live performances evoke atmosphere comparable to this studio work. The shadowy "Sanctuary" is in high contrast to the balmy air that surrounds it.

At approximate midpoint of the album, "Hypnose demonstrates how the music on Consequence of Chaos becomes increasingly penetrating with each successive cut. The undercurrent of momentum belies the impression of fifteen tracks as merely a collection, rather than a unified piece of work. "San Marco (Vecchio)" bookends this album, enacting a continuity that imparts additional substance to the music.


Track Listing: San Marco (Moderna); Turquoise; Odyssey; Tao; Azucar; Sanctuary; Hypnose; Red Moon; Cry For You; Just Three Words; Tempest; Storm Off-Shore; Black Pearls; Africana Suite; San Marco (Vecchio).

Personnel: Al Di Meola: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboard, percussion, cymbals, dumbek, floor toms; Chick Corea: acoustic piano; Steve Gadd: drums; Barry Miles: piano, keyboards, marimba; John Patitucci: bass guitar, acoustic bass; Ernie Adams: drums, percussion, congas, bongos; Gumbi Ortiz: congas, percussion; Mario Parmisano: piano, keyboards, acoustic piano; Victor Miranda: bass guitar, baby upright bass, electric bass; Kornel Horvath: udo, gato drum, shaker.

Title: Consequence Of Chaos | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Telarc Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Album Reviews
  • Opus by Doug Collette
SoCal Jazz
Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Album Reviews
Film Reviews
Late Night Thoughts on Jazz
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Opus

Opus

Sheer Sound
2018

buy
Elysium

Elysium

Inakustik
2015

buy
Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody

Pursuit of Radical...

Telarc Records
2011

buy
 

World Sinfonia -...

Audio Fidelity
2011

buy

Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Feb19Tue
Al Di Meola
Rams Head On Stage
Annapolis, MD
$65
Feb19Tue
Al Di Meola
Rams Head On Stage 2
Annapolis, MD
Feb20Wed
Al Di Meola
The Space At Westbury
Westbury, NY
Feb22Fri
Al Di Meola
Infinity Hall Hartford
Hartford, CT
Mar23Sat
Al Di Meola
Phenomenon
FONTANETO D'AGOGNA, Italy
May12Sun
Al Di Meola | Opus & More
Mom Cultural Center
Budapest, Hungary
8900-16900 HUF
May12Sun
Al Di Meola | Opus & More
Mom Cultural Center
Budapest, Hungary
8900-16900 HUF

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read New American Songbooks, Volume 2 Album Reviews
New American Songbooks, Volume 2
By Karl Ackermann
February 19, 2019
Read Live At JazzCase Album Reviews
Live At JazzCase
By Troy Dostert
February 19, 2019
Read Eastern Sonata Album Reviews
Eastern Sonata
By James Fleming
February 19, 2019
Read Cannonball Album Reviews
Cannonball
By Rob Rosenblum
February 19, 2019
Read Child Of Illusion Album Reviews
Child Of Illusion
By Don Phipps
February 19, 2019
Read Infection In The Sentence Album Reviews
Infection In The Sentence
By Chris May
February 18, 2019
Read Real Isn't Real Album Reviews
Real Isn't Real
By Phil Barnes
February 18, 2019