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Jazz fusion en jazz rock - Verschenen op 13 maart 2020 | earMUSIC

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With his new album Across the Universe that has just come out, Al Di Meola reminds us of his passion for The Beatles. Like 2013's All Your Life before it, this record is entirely dedicated to the Fab Four, with covers of hits (Strawberry Fields Forever, Hey Jude, Yesterday) as well as less well-known hidden gems (Julia). The album cover is also a distinct nod to John Lennon's solo 1975 album Rock'n'Roll: a well-rounded homage. In amongst all the various tributes to The Beatles nowadays, this one is extremely well executed, namely because Al Di Meola stays himself from start to finish. Jazz fusion, flamenco, rock... it's all in the mix. His legendary talent beautifully complements the melodic genius of the Lennon/McCartney duo. The instrumental pyrotechnics that drive Al Di Meola fans crazy are bolstered here by tablas, brass, strings and even some accordion. The only (slight) downside is that this opus focuses exclusively on ballads... we would have loved to hear this guitar hero taken on Helter Skelter or Revolution! ©️ Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
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Jazz fusion en jazz rock - Verschenen op 23 februari 2018 | earMUSIC

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The tortured artist, the virtuoso overshadowing the composer, all of this is behind him. Now 63 years old, Al Di Meola presents Opus, a first in many respects. Probably annoyed to be seen as nothing else than an artificer on the guitar, the American from Jersey City wants to remind everyone that he’s also a top-tier composer. An ambition he combines with a new personal situation. “This album marks a new era in my life, explains he who topped the charts in 1980 with Friday Night in San Francisco in a trio with his colleagues Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin. For the first time in my life, I have written music being happy! Until now I’ve always been this cliché of the tortured artist who can only write in a very tense context… But now, I’m in a wonderful relationship with my wife, I have a baby girl and a beautiful family that inspire me every day. I believe it shows in my music.” And Opus indeed exudes serenity. In the richness of its sound, in the multiple colours of melodies, but also in the spaces and silences he inserts in his music, Al Di Meola sculpts simple and beautiful music, in which no filler is ever present. Smooth but not plain, here is an album that will delight his most faithful fans. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 1977 | Columbia

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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Jazz fusion en jazz rock - Verschenen op 12 april 1985 | Manhattan Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 17 mei 1990 | Columbia - Legacy

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Jazz - Verschenen op 14 december 1978 | Legacy Recordings

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Jazz - Verschenen op 19 november 1991 | earMUSIC

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Jazz - Verschenen op 3 oktober 2011 | Di Meola - Songsurfer

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Pop/Rock - Verschenen op 1 oktober 1976 | Columbia

One of the guitar heroes of fusion, Al di Meola was just 22-years-old at the time of his debut as a leader but already a veteran of Chick Corea's Return to Forever. The complex pieces (which include the three-part "Suite-Golden Dawn," an acoustic duet with Corea on "Short Tales of the Black Forest," and a brief Bach violin sonata show di Meola's range even at this early stage. With assistance from such top players as bassists Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke, keyboardist Barry Miles, and drummers Lenny White and Steve Gadd, this was a very impressive beginning to di Meola's solo career. © Scott Yanow /TiVo
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Jazz - Verschenen op 2 juni 2015 | Valiana - Songsurfer

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Jazz - Verschenen op 20 juli 2018 | earMUSIC

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Released in February 2018, Opus was a highlight in Al Di Meola’s career in many regards. The tormented artist, the virtuoso obscuring the composer, all of that seemed to be in the guitarist’s past. To the point that at 63, he presented this disc as a premiere. Probably tired of being sometimes only perceived as a six-string pyrotechnician, the American from Jersey City wanted to remind here that he was also a high-profile composer. And this Opus indeed exudes true serenity. In the richness of its sound, in the many colors of the melodies but also in the spaces and silences that crept into his playing, Al Di Meola shaped music filled with simple beauty and where padding has no place. Without asperities but never bland, this album satisfied his long-time fans… Five months later, the same Al Di Meola takes advantage of this clear return to grace to also remind us that the stage is his favorite playground. With Elegant Gypsy & More Live, he gathers recent live versions, as virtuoso as possible, of his hits Race With Devil On Spanish Highway, Fight Over Rio, Midnight Tango and Egyptian Danza, but also various covers (impressive reinterpretations of Chick Corea’s Señor Mouse and Led Zep’s Black Dog!)… In a careful blend of jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll and world music that he’s the only master of, John McLaughlin’s and Paco de Lucia’s former accomplice (no one has forgotten their famous Friday Night In San Francisco from 1981) makes his art shine brightly. It’s as impressive as always. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
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Jazz fusion en jazz rock - Verschenen op 13 september 2013 | earMUSIC

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 1981 | Columbia

Al di Meola's fifth of seven fusion albums as a leader for Columbia is a typically fiery effort, with di Meola joined by keyboardist Jan Hammer, electric bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Steve Gadd, percussionist Mingo Lewis, and guest spots for flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía ("Passion, Grace & Fire") and keyboardist Philippe Saisse. This lesser-known effort is easily recommended to fans of rock-ish jazz guitar. © Scott Yanow /TiVo
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Jazz - Verschenen op 13 augustus 1991 | earMUSIC

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Jazz - Verschenen op 18 maart 2011 | Telarc

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Jazz - Verschenen op 1 januari 1992 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 3 juni 1994 | earMUSIC

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Tango - Verschenen op 1 januari 2006 | Di Meola Productions

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Jazz - Verschenen op 12 oktober 2000 | Columbia

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Jazz - Verschenen op 19 augustus 1983 | Columbia

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