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Elegant Gypsy

Al DiMeola

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Guitarist Al di Meola's second record as a leader is generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety. With Jan Hammer or Barry Miles on keyboards, electric bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Lenny White (Steve Gadd takes his place on the "Elegant Gypsy Suite"), and percussionist Mingo Lewis on most of the selections, di Meola shows off his speedy and rock-ish fusion style. He was still a member of Return to Forever at the time and was a stronger guitarist than composer, but di Meola did put a lot of thought into this music. The brief "Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil" (an acoustic guitar solo) and "Mediterranean Sundance" (an acoustic duet with fellow guitarist Paco de Lucía) hints at di Meola's future directions. A near classic in the fusion vein.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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1
Flight Over Rio (Album Version)
00:07:16

Al DiMeola, Performer - A. DI MEOLA, Producer - M. Lewis, Composer - Lenny White, Performer - Mingo Lewis, Performer - Steve Gadd, Performer - Anthony Jackson, Performer - Paco De Lucia, Performer - Jan Hammer, Performer - Barry Miles, Performer

(P) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
Midnight Tango (Album Version)
00:07:28

Al DiMeola, Performer - A. DI MEOLA, Composer - A. DI MEOLA, Producer - Lenny White, Performer - Mingo Lewis, Performer - Steve Gadd, Performer - Anthony Jackson, Performer - Paco De Lucia, Performer - Jan Hammer, Performer - Barry Miles, Performer

(P) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
Mediterranean Sundance (Album Version)
00:05:12

Al DiMeola, Performer - A. DI MEOLA, Composer - A. DI MEOLA, Producer - Lenny White, Performer - Mingo Lewis, Performer - Steve Gadd, Performer - Anthony Jackson, Performer - Paco De Lucia, Performer - Jan Hammer, Performer - Barry Miles, Performer

(P) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
Race With Devil On Spanish Highway (Album Version)
00:06:18

Al DiMeola, Producer - Al DiMeola, Electric Guitar - Al DiMeola, Performer - A. DI MEOLA, Composer - A. DI MEOLA, Lyricist - Lenny White, Drums - Lenny White, Performer - Mingo Lewis, Percussion - Mingo Lewis, Performer - Steve Gadd, Performer - Anthony Jackson, Acoustic Bass - Anthony Jackson, Performer - Paco De Lucia, Performer - Jan Hammer, Performer - Barry Miles, Piano - Barry Miles, Performer

(P) 1977 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
Lady Of Rome, Sister Of Brazil (Album Version)
00:01:46

Al DiMeola, Performer - A. DI MEOLA, Composer - A. DI MEOLA, Producer - Lenny White, Performer - Mingo Lewis, Performer - Steve Gadd, Performer - Anthony Jackson, Performer - Paco De Lucia, Performer - Jan Hammer, Performer - Barry Miles, Performer

(P) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
Elegant Gypsy Suite (Album Version)
00:09:16

Al DiMeola, Producer - Al DiMeola, Electric Guitar - Al DiMeola, Arranger - Al DiMeola, Performer - Al DiMeola, Lyricist - Al DiMeola, Composer - Lenny White, Drums - Lenny White, Performer - Frank D'Augusta, 2nd Engineer - Mingo Lewis, Percussion - Mingo Lewis, Performer - Steve Gadd, Performer - Anthony Jackson, Acoustic Bass - Anthony Jackson, Performer - Paco De Lucia, Performer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Jan Hammer, Performer - Dave Palmer, Recording Engineer - Dave Palmer, Re-Mixer - Barry Miles, Piano - Barry Miles, Performer

(P) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Album Description

Guitarist Al di Meola's second record as a leader is generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety. With Jan Hammer or Barry Miles on keyboards, electric bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Lenny White (Steve Gadd takes his place on the "Elegant Gypsy Suite"), and percussionist Mingo Lewis on most of the selections, di Meola shows off his speedy and rock-ish fusion style. He was still a member of Return to Forever at the time and was a stronger guitarist than composer, but di Meola did put a lot of thought into this music. The brief "Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil" (an acoustic guitar solo) and "Mediterranean Sundance" (an acoustic duet with fellow guitarist Paco de Lucía) hints at di Meola's future directions. A near classic in the fusion vein.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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