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Al Di Meola: Opus

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Guitarist/composer Al Di Meola explores his heritage musically and otherwise in the near hour-long Opus. Largely a solo project, the music becomes all the more compelling for an intricacy mirrored in the deceptively ornate cover art. The intimacy arising from the very first tones of “Milonga Noctiva (Wandering in the Dark)" eventually alternates overdubs of acoustic and electric guitars with orchestral punctuation. As flamenco flourishes introduce the sounds of classically-tinged piano, the musicianship conjures an air of formality ...

THE VINYL POST

Passion, Grace and Fire

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Although they are primarily known for their gold CD reissue program and multi-channel SACDs, the Audio Fidelity firm has recently plunged into the vinyl market with a small number of titles. These limited edition 180 gram pressings are remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and packaged in glossy gatefold covers. Tapping into some music not usually associated with audiophile editions, Audio Fidelity's most recent batch of releases wisely includes the superlative 1982 release Passion, Grace, and Fire by guitar ...

SOCAL JAZZ

Al Di Meola at Balboa Theater

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Al Di Meola Balboa Theater San Diego, CA September 22, 2017 Most of us have been on many journeys in life. It might be globetrotting or a trip to the grocery store or all and everything in between. A journey can be filled with a myriad of the expected and unexpected. Of stops and starts. Of turns and curves. Of upgrades and downslopes. There are bumps in the road and detours. Al Di ...

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John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, Paco DeLucia: Friday Night in San Francisco

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On 5th December, 1980, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco De Lucia were two months into what had so far been an extremely successful and creative tour. Even just the concept itself was intriguing--three guitarists, and acoustic to boot! With not a drummer, percussionist, or bassist in sight. The sheer novelty of it all. Recorded at the Warfield Theatre, California, Friday Night in San Francisco manages to capture this triumvirate trio of instrumentalists at the apex of their abilities. ...

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Al Di Meola: Elysium

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Virtually all of guitarist Al DiMeola's recordings since the days of Return to Forever are listenable to a greater or lesser degree, but his last couple have been truly exceptional. A genuine affection for the Beatles permeates All Your Life (In-Akustik, 2013) and the comparably deep, lush textures of the ever-so-appropriately titled Elysium are rooted in a spontaneity that is unusual for a musician so technically adept he sometimes has to fight to play with genuine abandon. Not ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Al Di Meola at the Soiled Dove Underground, Denver

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Al Di Meola Soiled Dove Underground Denver, CO October 19, 2015 Jazz and rock began their courtship in the late 1960s. For a while, it seemed like they would never get together. From the beginning of rock 'n' roll in the '50s, the two genres had kept their distance from one another, each professing its distaste for the other. Yet despite their initial antipathy, despite their feelings that they had nothing in common, that they ...

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Al Di Meola: Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody

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Those who follow the guitar world are likely to be familiar with Al Di Meola, either from his stint with Return to Forever or his own,four-decade solo career. As wide-reaching as the possibilities of his fretboard, from electric jazz fusion to acoustic world music, Di Meola has built a reputation as a fantastic guitarist. Unencumbered by any particular genre, he remains true to form on Pursuit of a Radical Rhapsody; his exciting Pat Metheny-meets-Baden Powell-meets-Joe Satriani-meets-Andres Segovia style in full ...

FILM REVIEWS

Coryell / Di Meola / Lagrene: Super Guitar Trio Live at Montreux 1989

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Super Guitar Trio Live at Montreux 1989 Eagle Rock 2007

The word “super" as a way of sneaking in as a descriptive epithet, merited or not. In this instance it sits upfront of Guitar Trio, the triumvirate comprised of Larry Coryell, Al Di Meola and Biréli Lagrène. The three came together for a five-week tour in 1989, the last stop being the Montreux Jazz Festival. The performance gives them a ...

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Al Di Meola: Consequence of Chaos

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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 ...

FILM REVIEWS

Al Di Meola/Jean-Luc Ponty/Stanley Clarke: Live at Montreux

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Al Di Meola/Jean-Luc Ponty/Stanley ClarkeLive at Montreux 1994Eagle Rock Entertainment2005

It was at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1994 that Al Di Meola, Jean-Luc Ponty and Stanley Clarke played as a trio for the first time. Clarke and Di Meola had been part of Return to Forever and while they were comfortable in the familiarity of knowing each other, Ponty reached in and became a perfect fit. That language of understanding is seen to ...

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Al Di Meola: One Of These Nights

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Al Di MeolaOne of These Nights Music Video Distributors 2005

Guitarist Al Di Meola proved it's possible to evolve from raw groundbreaking fusion to mellow contemporary arrangements and still excel. His 2005 concert DVD One Of These Nights takes the concept to a visual level, offering a minimalist view of an exceptional performance instead of capturing viewers by showing off.

DI Meola works a range between chamber music and symphonic rock, all ...

FILM REVIEWS

Al Di Meola: Live at Montreux 1986/1993

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Al Di Meola Live at Montreux 1986/1993 Eagle Eye Media 2004

Al Di Meola has been a contrast in terms of music. He has taken his guitar into various streams with different levels of success. His playing has been marked with a gentle lyrical air just as it has been infiltrated with an abundance of technique; the latter at times at the expense of an emotional connect. The two performances captured here show both ...