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Christmas: Winter Nights
Al Di Meola
Christmas: Winter Nights
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classical, Metal
 
Jazz guitarist Al DiMeola gives new meaning to the phrase world music by working with Ukrainian bandura player Roman Hrynkiv. Here DiMeola explores a special collection of instrumental seasonal works, underscoring them wit...  more »

      
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All Artists: Al Di Meola
Title: Christmas: Winter Nights
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Telarc
Original Release Date: 9/28/1999
Release Date: 9/28/1999
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classical, Metal
Styles: Jazz Fusion, Vocal Jazz, Holiday & Wedding, Vocal Pop, Rock Guitarists, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 089408345821

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Jazz guitarist Al DiMeola gives new meaning to the phrase world music by working with Ukrainian bandura player Roman Hrynkiv. Here DiMeola explores a special collection of instrumental seasonal works, underscoring them with layered percussion. A number of captivating originals and intricately arranged standards surface here, including "Carol of the Bells, "Ave Maria," and "The First Noel." DiMeola certainly titled the album right: these seasonal songs readily capture the penetrating chill and peacefulness of a star-laden winter sky. Recommended. --Martin Keller

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HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS WITH AL.
Írn Leifsson | Reykjavik Iceland. | 09/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What!! A Christmas album by DiMeola!!I must admit I was a bit sceptical at first because so many Jazz/Fusion artist have made overly sweet and sentimental Christmas albums, but of course I shouldn't have doupted the master, this album is really good.Al playes acoustic guitars on the album along with percussion, keyboards and a multi string harp Herman Romero plays additional guitar and percussion and then there is a player from Ukraine, Roman Hrynkiv who playes an ukrainian instrument called Bandura which is a plucked string instrument with a bright sound which fits this music wery well.The music is a mix of well known Christmas songs and new compositions by DiMeola, there is of course a Christmas feel to the album but it's all in great taste and underneath the calm surface Al is burning. I'm going to give the c.d a rest for now but come December this c.d. is going to be played a lot. This Christmas is definitely going to be fun, musicaly speaking at least."
+ 1/2 stars...A Christmas Album to Enjoy Year 'Round
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 12/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I first encountered Al Di Meola as the lightning-fingered guitarist for the fusion group Return to Forever and later on solo albums like ELEGANT GYPSY and SPLENDIDO HOTEL. But on WINTER NIGHTS, he is in a more subdued mood. Many of the tracks feature Ukrainian musician Roman Hrynkiv on bandura, a folk instrument similar to a lute. The two perform together to marvelous effect like on the Di Meola original "Zima" and the more traditional "The First Noel." In addition, Hrynkiv plays solo on several shorter pieces ("Winterlude No. 2, 3 and 4"). With only a scattering of recognizable Christmas songs, you can enjoy this album year 'round. [Running Time - 51:25] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"