Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Al Di Meola|
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Metal
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The infinite thrill of enjoyment
compliman | Budapest, Hungary | 04/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In advance we have to admit: De gustibus non est disputandum. For me this album gives the thrill of joy every time I listen to it. I am really very choosy in respect of music but if an album makes me go goosy from deligth even for 100 times that probably means something fine for others, too. Just like my fun-friends I also must say it is mellow and a mature work of Al. The beginning of Valentina is awesome! And my favourite is Azzura and Big Sky Azzura continuosly. Something absolutely breath-taking! In my opinion, Meola is the alpha and omega of guitar-playing because he is not merely inimitably virtuoso in technique but a lot of his songs are so soulful. It is an ambrosia for the soul especially for those who have acute ears! Of course theese samples are good for nothing. The quality of sound is so poor it has the opposite result that Amazon tries to reach. It would be even wiser not to show anything of it because it's something like dishonour this stately music."
Doug | 05/06/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Overall this is a fairly pleasant listen. Al has mellowed since his jazz-rock fusion days of the 70's. "Shaking the Spirits" is a great track, "Istanbul is carried by Herbie Hancock's solo and Peter Erkshine's drums, and "Race With the Devil on a Turkish Highway" is astoundingly cool, with some great rapid fire guitar trade-offs at the end with Steve Vai. Al earns bonus points for his attempt at playing straight-ahead jazz on Invention of the Monsters, but it just goes to show that he's not really suited for that kind of setting. "Azzura" sounded much better in the stripped down guitar trio version; "Beyond the Mirage" however works fairly well with the added production (as opposed to the guitar trio version). "Valentina" is a very pretty piece with a convincing VG-8 trumpet sound. Overall though, it seems as though Al would best be suited to stick to his acoustic group "World Sinfonia" or the guitar trio... This is not bad though, better than "Kiss my Axe" but almost up to the level of Orange and Blue (his other 2 electric releases of the 90's)."
'Sends shivers down my spine'
Brandon S. | 11/27/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After releasing Heart of the Immigrants, I thought Al had produced his best album. But Infinite Desire is nothing short of a masterpiece, a truly sensual album enticed by a feeling of desire not heard in the jazz scene for years. Pino Daniele's presence is excellent. When will we see you playing in Malta again Al???"