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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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John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, Paco DeLucia: Passion Grace & Fire

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Never has an album been so justly deserving of its title. In 1983, the guitar super trio of John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola and Paco DeLucia followed up their phenomenal live acoustic album Friday Night in San Francisco with this masterpiece of a studio recording. The prevailing opinion at the time was that the raw excitement of the original live recording could never be matched in the recording studio. Delightfully, the Trio answered all those who had questioned its potential with ...

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John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, Paco DeLucia: The Guitar Trio

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For a variety of reasons, The Guitar Trio album was perhaps the least anticipated album of John McLaughlin’s career. What could be new? How could John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, and Paco DeLucia top their two historic albums from the Trio's heyday, 15 years earlier? Well, the answers are clear. If they offered nothing new, they really couldn't better the original albums. However, that's not the case. If one wants reassurances that the “old men" can still do it, ...

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

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It was a historic occasion. The appearance of John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, and Paco DeLucia at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre one Friday night in 1981 was a musical event that could be compared to the Benny Goodman Band's performance at Carnegie Hall in 1938. The Guitar Trio did for the acoustic guitar what Goodman had done for jazz. The acoustic guitar had gone commercial.In 1979 and 1980, McLaughlin and de Lucia had actually toured Europe with Larry Coryell. ...