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Al Di Meola – Elegant Gypsy & More (Live) 2018: CD review and Video

Over 40 years ago, young Al Di Meola released his second, extremely successful studio album “Elegant Gypsy”. With “Elegant Gypsy & More LIVE”, recorded last year during his acclaimed US tour of the same name, he is revisiting some of his brilliant, earlier works such as “Race With Devil On Spanish Highway”, “Flight Over Rio”, “Midnight Tango” or “Egyptian Danza”.

Al Di Meola established himself in the early 70s by playing with artists such as Chick Corea. With his experimental side he collaborated with Frank Zappa, Phil Collins, Jimmy Page and even dove into the electronic side of Jazz with Jan Hammer (famous for Miami Vice theme). Apart from his quality playing, he also has huge commercial success, sold millions of records, won a Grammy and has a loyal followership.

With the just recently released studio album “OPUS”, Al Di Meola not only topped the TOP 5 of the Official German Jazz Album Charts and burst to #1 position of the US Contemporary Jazz Album Charts, but once again underlines his flexibility and quality as a Guitar superstar.

Al Di Meola – the brilliant, virtuosic multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, who is considered to be one of the most innovative musicians and a living legend – is a pioneer of blending world music and jazz. His ongoing fascination for complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned over four decades. The Grammy award winner achieved worldwide fame for both, being a solo artist and for his collaborations with Chick Corea, Paco De Lucia, John McLaughlin, Jean Luc Ponty, Stanley Clark, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Simon, Phil Collins, Santana, Steve Winwood, Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder and many more.

  1. One Night Last June (Live) (09:10)
  2. Señor Mouse (Live) (08:04)
  3. Adour (Live) (07:42)
  4. Babylon (Live) (07:38)
  5. Chiquilin De Bachin (Live) (03:48)
  6. Flight over Rio (Live) (07:43)
  7. Black Dog (Live) (01:31)
  8. Midnight Tango (Live) (06:21)
  9. Egyptian Danza (Live) (06:21)
  10. Race with Devil on Spanish Highway (Live) (05:52)

Al Di Meola, guitar
Phil Magallanes, keyboards
Gumbi Ortiz, percussion
Elias Tona, bass
Luis Alicea, drums
Evan Garr, violin
Philippe Saisse, keyboards

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